CH launches TOM’s gar­den

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo and De­ce­may C. Padilla/FPL

“Cli­mate change is in­evitable. Mit­i­gat­ing its ef­fect is achiev­able.”

This was the mes­sage of Cebu City Agri­cul­tur­ist Ap­ple Tri­bunalo dur­ing the cer­e­mo­nial turnover of farm in­puts and haul­ing truck from the city gov­ern­ment to at least 50 farm­ers in 28 moun­tain barangays yes­ter­day.

Dur­ing the event, Tri­bunalo said the city gov­ern­ment has to step up its ef­fort in mit­i­gat­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change es­pe­cially on the en­vi­ron­ment and the agri­cul­ture sec­tor. Also yes­ter­day, the city gov­ern­ment, with the pres­ence of Mayor To­mas Os­meña and other city of­fi­cials, launched the “Tech­nolo­gies Of­fered to Masa” also known as TOM's Gar­den.

“It means that all the agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies es­tab­lished or show­case there can be learned by peo­ple all walks of life and all ages, adults or young or you maybe class A or class B or rich or poor be­cause we also have our lo­cust mod­ern and doable pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies nga gishow­case didto sa TOM's gar­den,” Tri­bunalo said.

She said the gar­den show­cases dif­fer­ent agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies such as; Tom's news­pa­per technology, straw­berry in pots, bud­ded rose, an­thurium, poin­set­tia, botika gar­den, vermi cul­ture, happy boy, happy nok, veg­etable pro­duc­tion, guava, su­per car­dava, or­chid, dragon fruit, and hy­dro­pon­ics.

Tri­bunalo said these tech­nolo­gies will help farm­ers become more re­silient to the ef­fects of cli­mate change con­sid­er­ing that farm­ers will no longer be re­liant on tra­di­tional farm­ing.

Even with the cli­mate change, she said farm­ers can still do their ac­tiv­i­ties since there are sev­eral tech­nolo­gies in­tro­duced to them.

“It's a unique gar­den, it's a learn­ing hub and se­cond of course the as­pect for aes­thetic mao na na­man nay trend karon we are also be­ing help by the Cebu City Tourism Of­fice in the pro­mo­tion of TOM's gar­den for farm tourism in Cebu City,” she said.

Tri­bunalo said the tech­nolo­gies would help the farm­ers to be re­silient and that the city will have less im­pact of the cli­mate change.

“We know even in sum­mer maka-ex­pe­ri­ence gi­hapon ta'g uwan unya sa uwan maka­ex­pe­ri­ence gi­hapon ta'g init so pag­bag-o sa pana­hon at least man lang ma-mit­i­gate ang ill ef­fects ana sa ilaha so mao na siya amoa gyud gi-em­pha­size nga tech­nolo­gies amo-ang gi­tudlo is cli­mate re­silient,” she said.

Os­meña, for his part, said the city put a model farm to en­cour­age farm­ers to do it on their own, say­ing the city gov­ern­ment is will­ing to sub­si­dize its cost.

“It's not done by sem­i­nar, or launch­ing pro­grams that's only the ini­tials step and you put a model gar­den then they look and she has to find model farm­ers who will vol­un­teer and we will sub­si­dize what­ever their in­come is we will pay them,” he said.

Also yes­ter­day, the city gov­ern­ment dis­trib­uted square tanks, drums, wa­ter pumps, and haul­ing trucks to the farm­ers.

Tri­bunalo said there were three farmer's groups that ben­e­fited the pro­gram – Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion with 50 pri­mary as­so­ci­a­tions, IRC Fed­er­a­tion with 20 pri­mary as­so­ci­a­tions and 4H com­posed of out-of-school-youth.

She said the city gov­ern­ment spent P1.5 mil­lion to pur­chase the agri­cul­tural equip­ment while the P2.5 mil­lion haul­ing truck was do­nated by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

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