Philippine goverment pushes urban farm school to modernize agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has intensified its campaign to promote urban agriculture through the help of the private sector despite challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

During his visit to an urban farm in Novaliches, Quezon City, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said incorporating modern technology in agriculture will bear great results. "Technology-based agriculture is the platform, and agripreneurship is a key strategy to modernize the country's agriculture sector and contribute to its growth," he said on Wednesday.

Accompanied by other DA officials, Dar visited Growtech Farms owned by Agrosheriff client Martin Escalona of Simplicity Solutions real estate. Dar said the Growtech Farms greenhouse is the pilot urban farm project of Agrosheriff in the country.

The facility, which is intended for growing strawberries, lettuce, and other vegetables, features Israeli agricultural equipment and technologies including hydroponics and irrigation fertilizer systems.

The DA, through its new banner program, the National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Program (NUPAP), seeks to address the challenges brought about by the pandemic to Filipino families especially in Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide.

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