CH launches TOM’s garden
“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.