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Philippines: Dept of Agriculture (DA) Sold on Community Gardens

DA-Agricultural Research through the UPLB Edible Landscaping Team donated 500 edible landscaping kits to the Munti LGU for its “Gulayan sa Muntinlupa” project. See second article.

In early May, the DA had already established 36 community gardens in urban areas in the country through its urban agriculture program. The DA is eyeing to develop 85 more community gardens under the program.

By Czeriza Valencia
(The Philippine Star )
July 4, 2021

Excerpt:

Aside from ensuring food accessibility and availability, the project also highlighted the role of women in the community as it involves the wives of fishermen.

“As initial assistance, containerized gardening and hydroponics set-up were provided and training will also be conducted to capacitate the beneficiaries,”the DA said.

UA national director and concurrent assistant director of the Bureau of Plant Industry Gerald Glenn Panganiban said the program is a collaborative partnership between the DA and LGUs.

“We can’t do it alone. We hope you’ll continue to support us,” Panganiban said.

For her part, Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña said the pandemic is an eye-opener as it helped the department to prioritize and identify appropriate interventions.

During the signing of the memorandum of agreement, almost P700,000 agri and fishery interventions from the DA-Regional Field Office IVA and DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources were awarded to representatives of more than 200 beneficiaries to start up five target sites.

Read the complete article here.

Also see:

DA-UPLB, Muntinlupa partner for edible landscaping project

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