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Spreading the benefits of urban agriculture

Author: DA Communications Group | 2 May 2021

To allow urban residents to have FAITH or “Food Always In The Home,” the Department of Agriculture (DA), continues to strengthen its Urban Agriculture (UA) program, which aims to address the food needs in the urban areas and cushion the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our goal is to enhance the capability of the city dwellers to grow their own food so that they will have access to safe and nutritious food items as we continue our battle with the pandemic,” said Bureau of Pant Industry (BPI) Assistant Director Glenn Panganiban.

BPI and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) are the lead-implementors of the UA program, which forms part of the DA’s initiatives launched last year under the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra sa Covid-19 (ALPAS sa COVID-19) or the Plant, Plant, Plant (PPP) program.

Panganiban said that even before the pandemic, Agriculture Secretary William Dar has directed DA-BPI to intensify its Urban Agriculture program as a way to mitigate high food prices in the market and to improve food availability, accessibility, and attain food security in the country.

The program was rolled out in partnership with local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations, the private sector, and academe.

To date, a total of 36 community gardens have been established, and 85 more will soon be developed.

A total of 938,561 seed packets, amounting to P6.41 million (M) have been distributed and 123 trainings (online and face-to-face) have been conducted to provide technical know-how to those who wish to up food gardens.

Ang gusto po natin dito sa Urban Agriculture ay makapagtanim ang ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga bakuran, para lagi silang may access sa pagkain, dahil nga po madaming limitasyon ngayong may pandemic,” Panganiban stressed.

UA showcases a variety of technologies that may be adapted in the community or in the homes such as hydroponics and vertical gardening. It also supports containerized gardening which uses pots, old cans, and a number of different containers, if space is inadequate.

Kung masanay na ang ating individuals sa pagtatanim at gusto pa nila palawakin, we can do community gardening. Ang gusto natin sa community garden ay magkaroon sila opportunity for livelihood at mai-connect sila sa other programs ng DA, tulad ng dito sa Kadiwa to market their produce,” Panganiban said.

With the continuous onslaught of the virus, Panganiban stressed that it is important to spread the concept of urban agriculture and establish more food gardens.

“This is a very therapeutic activity, fostering community spirit, and enabling everyone to heal and be healthy,” he said. ### (Adora Rodriguez, DA-AFID)

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