Philippines: Ministry of agriculture partners with 3 firms for urban agriculture projects

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has partnered with three private companies to scale up the implementation of the Urban and Peri Urban Agriculture Program in the country. In a statement yesterday, Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Urban Farmers Sustainability Concepts Organization, the Urban Greens and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction.

“The agreement encourages sustainable crop production, through the establishment of more community gardens; and pushes for safe, available, accessible, and affordable foods to households and communities,” the DA said.

Under the MOA, DA, together with the Bureau of Plant Industry will provide starter kits, which include seeds of common vegetables suited in the area, soil, and polyethylene bags, as well as technical assistance and urban agriculture modules for the individual or household beneficiary and establishment. It will also utilize the barangay, community, school, university, and public office gardens as venues for hands-on training to showcase various urban agriculture techniques.

“These areas will likewise serve as community gene banks to sustain their own production and planting materials for their constituents,” the DA said.

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