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Meeting with Agrosheriff Ltd. and Visit at Growtech Farms (Oct. 6, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 6 October 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Noel Reyes, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) OIC-Director Rosana Mula, and National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Program (NUPAP) Director Glenn Panganiban visited the showcase project of Agrosheriff Ltd. in Novaliches, Quezon City on October 6, 2021.

The officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) met with Agrosheriff Business Development Manager Roman Kataev, who toured them at the Growtech Farms owned by Agrosheriff client Martin Escalona of Simplicity Solutions real estate.

The Growtech Farms greenhouse is the pilot urban farm project of Agrosheriff in the country. The facility, which is intended for growing strawberries, lettuce, and other vegetables, features Israeli agricultural equipment and technologies including hydroponics and irrigation fertilizer systems.

Secretary Dar highlighted that technology-based agriculture is the platform and agripreneurship is a key strategy to modernize the country’s agriculture sector and contribute to its growth.

He also promoted greater engagement from the private sector to invest in agriculture in a big way.

The NUPAP is a new banner program of DA to address the challenges brought by the pandemic to Filipino families especially in Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide.

With the Growtech Farms, Escalona shared his plans to offer farming classes. Director Mula said the ATI can assist him with the establishment of an urban farm school.

Kataev said that among Agrosheriff’s long term goals are to ensure food security in the Philippines, improve the quality of fruits and vegetables, reduce imports, increase high-tech jobs, and increase the interest of young people to work in agriculture.

Agrosheriff offers open field irrigation systems, custom-built greenhouses, optimized hydroponics and fertigators, and watering system kits and equipment, among other services. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)