URBAN AGRI TRADE FAIR A BIG SUCCESS
THE TWO-DAY Urban Agriculture trade fair at the Market! Market! Central Plaza in Taguig City last September 1718 was a big hit. The event is part of a continuing project of Agriculture Magazine of Manila Bulletin. The trade fair was the third of a series that Agriculture Magazine plans to undertake in the coming years to promote farming and gardening in the urban areas. There are many plants and even small animals that can be produced for food in limited spaces, using innovative production techniques.
A number of entrepreneurs have shown that mushrooms can be grown practically everywhere in the city. Eric Rodriguez of Tanauan City was very proud in showing the Ganoderma mushrooms that he grows in his home. This is a special species with medicinal attributes.
He also displayed shiitake mushrooms, a species that is usually grown in the highlands where the weather is cool. He disclosed that the beautiful shiitake mushroom that he displayed in his booth was grown by a friend in the lowlands of General Santos City. The secret? It was produced in an ice plant.
Carol Goitia proudly showcased mushroom burgers and tapa as well as other preparations. These are organically produced food products that are claimed to be good for a healthy lifestyle. Speaking of healthy food, the Aztec Spirulina produced by Engr. Napoleon Puente and his family in Cainta, Rizal, was a big hit at the trade fair, especially among the elderly. Spirulina has been tagged by the UN FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) as the most complete food in the world. The locally produced Aztec Spirulina has been analyzed to contain 72 percent protein.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is cultured in a very hygienic environment at the Cainta farm of Aztec Spirulina Company. The company processes the harvested algae into capsules and granules. It has also developed a 5-in-one coffee blend containing, among others, spirulina and mangosteen extract.
UP LOS BAÑOS - The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) showcased at the trade fair its edible gardening technique using plastic pots and other containers for growing plants. The potted vegetables are grown in vertical gardening style so that even a limited space can produce significant amounts of vegetables for home use or for selling in the market.
The university also showcased the commercializable
Urban Agri fair visitors waiting for its opening.
Kenneth de Gracia of Costales Nature Farms speaking before a jampacked audience.