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Philippines: QC gov’t envisions Bagong Silangan as the new vegetable hub

Beneficiaries of the project. (DAR Photo)

For this project to become successful, the DAR chief explained that the urban residents would receive support from the government for their agricultural needs such as machinery, tools, and farm inputs.

By DAR
Philippines Information Agency
January 10, 2021

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The Quezon City government has envisioned that the seven hectare land, located in New Greenland Farm in Barangay Bagong Silangan, would become the City’s vegetable center, as it partners with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the launching of the urban vegetable farming project dubbed as “Buhay sa Gulay”, to promote the significance of farming in urban areas and help marginalized urban barangays reduce poverty, eradicate hunger and contribute to food security.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: Department of Agriculture teams up with youth-led architecture design competition to promote urban agriculture

The design competition, dubbed as “RE-TERRA 2021.

“This means, inserting every means of agriculture into every mode of urbanity. Tactically, this involves strategies that mobilize every component and feature of our varied and dense urban landscape towards establishing lasting food security for every Filipino.”

By Department of Agriculture
January 7, 2021

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has teamed up with RE-TERRA, a youth organization, to conduct a design competition for future architects, designers, and developers to garner innovative and transformative designs that integrate agriculture into the urban setting.

“Time and again, I have emphasized the crucial role of the youth in agriculture. They are the source of many bright and fresh ideas, having a strong grasp of emerging trends and technologies,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: Department of Agrarian Reform scales up urban farming after first ‘Buhay sa Gulay’ harvest

Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones harvests fresh vegetables from their ‘Buhay sa Gulay’ urban farming project in St. John Bosco Parish in Tondo, Manila on Sunday (Jan. 3, 2021). He said the same project will soon start in Quezon City and Caloocan. (Photo by Marita Moaje)

The project ‘Buhay sa Gulay’ aims to promote urban farming, reduce poverty, and eradicate hunger, particularly in marginalized urban barangays in the National Capital Region as the Covid-19 pandemic shut down opportunities and livelihood.

By Marita Moaje
Philippines News Agency
Jan 2, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) scaled up urban farming in Manila after its ‘Buhay sa Gulay’ project had its first harvest of fresh vegetables in St. John Bosco Parish in Tondo, Manila on Sunday.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the ‘harvest festival’ was a result of the national government, the local government, the church, the private sector, and the community coming together and uniting for a cause.

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January 6, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: Retired physician grows food and raises native chickens in her backyard

Darag chickens are usually grown in backyards, says Salacata. They are small and versatile that do not need to be highly maintained as they feed themselves with pasture.

By Vina Medenilla
Manila Bulletin
Dec 29, 2020

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In Bacolod, a garden sits in a backyard that used to be a garbage dump. The area was then unoccupied, not until when Anabel Villanueva-Salacata, a retired infectious disease doctor and owner of Twenty Six Herb Garden, decided to transform the lot into an edible garden. “You do not have to have a 2,000 or 3,000 sqm or a hectare of land,” she said, explaining that one can grow anything either in a driveway, area in your dirty kitchen, or a condo’s balcony. “Just have some small pots and choose the plants that you want to eat.”

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January 3, 2021   Comments Off on Philippines: Retired physician grows food and raises native chickens in her backyard

Philippines: The Department of Agriculture proposes the establishment of demo-garden

The Urban Agriculture Program targets to boost and revitalize urban agriculture in the city, enabling the beneficiaries to adapt vegetable gardening as the family’s source of safe and nutritious food

By DA-BPI
December 19, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Dec. 19 — The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) Urban Agriculture Program with Crop Research and Production Support Division, executed an ocular visit on November 25, 2020, at Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Central Office, Taguig City.

The DA-BPI UA-Team proposed an establishment of a demo-garden in the TESDA Complex with leafy vegetables (pechay, mustard), fruit vegetables (okra, eggplant, kamatis, upo), indigenous vegetables (saluyot and fern), vine (squash, patola), herbs and spices (mayana, talinum, basil, oregano), and root crops (kamote) to plant as these crops are easy to grow and maintain.

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December 26, 2020   Comments Off on Philippines: The Department of Agriculture proposes the establishment of demo-garden

Philippines: Department of Agrarian Reform launches urban gardening project in Tondo slums

“I am hopeful that other cities, communities and urban centers in Metro Manila would emulate this project.”

By Jonathan L. Mayuga
Business Mirror
November 23, 2020

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Buhay sa Gulay will utilize the parish’s 8,000-square-meter football field for vegetable farming that would benefit the families and residents in 17 barangays.

“This land is currently idle and we would use this to teach our urban dwellers how to farm so that they could produce their own food and also sell some of their yields to earn money,” the DAR chief said in a news statement.

Castriciones further said that the DAR’s mandate is to distribute lands to landless farmers in the countryside and provide them with various support services, including training, to help them boost their farms. These farmers in rural communities would now share their learnings with the urban dwellers.

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November 30, 2020   Comments Off on Philippines: Department of Agrarian Reform launches urban gardening project in Tondo slums

Philippines: Gov’t gets on ‘plantito, plantita’ trend with urban agricultural program

“Join the Plant, Plant, Plant movement and start growing your own healthy, nutritious food… We hope to bring men, women, children, households, and communities, together for a common purpose — to grow sustainable food together,” the institute said in a statement.

ABS-CBN News
Nov 13 2020

MANILA — It looks like “plantitos” and “plantitas” will look forward to growing edible plants.

A training arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday called on residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces to start growing their own nutritious food through the department’s Urban Agricultural Program.

The public can avail of free starter kits from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

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November 20, 2020   Comments Off on Philippines: Gov’t gets on ‘plantito, plantita’ trend with urban agricultural program