The Department of Agriculture (DA)’s Bureau of Agricultural Research launched an indoor vertical farming garden in Makati City on Thursday. In a statement, the DA said it provided initial funding of P3 million for the garden, which is supposed to produce lettuce, kale, basil, and tomato.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Planters Products president and CEO Ranilo Maderazo, Urban Greens founder and CEO Ralph Becker, and Philippine Agriculture and Resources Research Foundation president Candida Adalla led the launch of the project.
The DA said the project would be implemented as a production site and learning center. “This is now a must,” Dar stressed, noting that food security is everyone’s responsibility, not only farmers and fisherfolk.
He also encouraged local government units to allot a higher budget for food security initiatives and pass an ordinance requiring buildings and public open spaces to provide areas for urban agriculture or an edible landscape. “As much as we could, we need to do local production in a big way. We have to prepare so that we can survive the (looming food) crisis,” Dar urged.
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