DA sets urban gardening training for Baguio residents
In support to the national government’s program aiming to make all residents food sufficient, a two-day seminar-workshop on urban gardening and vermicomposting will be held on May 11 and 12 here by the Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Cordillera in cooperation with the City Government of Baguio’s “For Zero Waste Baguio” program.
For the training on urban gardening, the Urban Gardening Association of Baguio in a post on “Facebook” is inviting interested residents to register and learn how to produce food using small areas and even as a potted plant inside the house or a small veranda.
The lecturers from DA will discuss the use of worm for vermicomposting. Elena Ros of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños will also discuss the importance of urban gardening for food production, health and wellness and source of livelihood in the communities, soil preparation, basic design on urban gardening, post harvest procedures and simple ways to preserve and avoid wastage.
A lecture on the government’s assistance on the availability of planting and compost will also be discussed by a representative from the Bureau of Plant and Industry.
Participants will also have a hands-on training on urban gardening using available spaces and materials.
The administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is giving importance to maximizing land utilization for food production and encouraging the people, including those residing in urban areas to plant vegetables, for food sufficiency.
The President earlier ordered the DA to encourage everyone to help produce food for personal consumption and for income.
He said that if all Filipinos are producing food, nobody in the country will go hungry and there will never be a day when a person will have to sleep with an empty stomach. (PNA)