Philippine government launches 'Urban Aquaponics' project

As part of the Farmers' and Fisherfolk's Month celebration, Agriculture Secretary William Dar unveiled the project “Urban Aquaponics” during the launch of the Plant, Plant, Plant Program in Quezon City, today.

Aquaponics is one of the government’s newest projects to ensure sustained food production in urban communities as the nation eases into the “new normal” in the midst of CoVID-19 pandemic. “We want an agriculture that is modern; we want an agriculture that is technology-based; we want to eradicate subsistence agriculture; we want an agriculture that is inclusive and market-oriented,” Secretary William Dar said. 

Sets of two newly-constructed solar energy and electricity hybrid-powered models of urban aquaponics in small and large sizes that can fit on confined spaces in the metropolis are currently housed at the Department of Agriculture (DA) compound and the Philippine Coconut Authority compound in the said city. These are only two of the five Urban Aquaponics models that the department, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), will make available for interested individuals and communities in the coming months. 

Read more at Philippine Information Agency (DAR-BFAR) 

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