2 br­gys eyed for ur­ban or­ganic agri­cul­ture

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THE Davao City Agri­cul­tur­ist Of­fice has iden­ti­fied two barangays that will be de­vel­oped as the model for sus­tain­able com­mu­nity-based ur­ban or­ganic agri­cul­ture.

CAO head Leo Brian Leu­terio, dur­ing the flag cer­e­mony yes­ter­day, said that Barangay Ca­ban­tian and Barangay Bago Aplaya are se­lected as re­cip­i­ents of plant­ing ma­te­ri­als for the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­nity-based ur­ban or­ganic agri­cul­ture.

“Naa ni silay ex­ist­ing nurs­eries na atong gi­nade­velop right now para mahimo silag model sa sus­tain­able com­mu­nity based ur­ban or­ganic agri­cul­ture. So hope­fully, plant­ing will start this im­me­di­ately, by Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary we can visit their nurs­eries and start the har­vest,” Leu­terio said, adding that all the other barangays will be in­vited for the re­launch as well.

He added that the city will work in part­ner­ship with Davao Ur­ban Farm­ers Prac­ti­tion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion to in­tro­duce tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion.

“With this pro­gram we are try­ing to ad­dress is­sues on mal­nu­tri­tion, solid waste and man­age­ment,” he said, adding that hope­fully with good set up this can also boost agri tourism.

“All in all our aim is to guar­an­tee food safety and en­vi­ron­ment safety,” he said.

Leu­terio said that Davao City has an on­go­ing but not prop­erly launched com­mu­nity-based ur­ban or­ganic agri­cul­ture pro­gram so yes­ter­day’s event can be con­sid­ered as the for­mal launch­ing.

He said that Davao City Mayor Sara Z. DuterteCar­pio aims for all barangays to re­sort into ur­ban or­ganic farm­ing.

Leu­terio said that the plan is to put up mod­ern ur­ban agri­cul­ture in three con­gre­sional dis­tricts of

Davao so that they can in­flu­ence other barangays as they see the ben­e­fit and ad­van­tages on how it is go­ing to be done.

This month also marks the cel­e­bra­tion of first or­ganic agri­cul­ture month cel­e­brated within the city and a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties are pre­pared this month to deepen the pub­lic and farm­ers’ un­der­stand­ing on or­ganic agri­cul­ture. KVC (For full story visit www.sun­star.com.ph/davao/)

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