Philippines: Department of Agriculture promotes urban farming through hydroponics training

To ensure available food and promote urban agriculture practices, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA RFO)-10, through DA-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, conducts a Simple Nutrient Addition Program (SNAP) Hydroponics Training, May 12, here.

Thirty persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) from the Cagayan de Oro City Jail-Male Dormitory Training attended the activity, which was facilitated by the department's High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).

DA-10 Agriculturist II Ronald Ian Camaddo briefed the participants on the potential of SNAP hydroponics, a system that utilizes mineral nutrient solutions in water for vegetable production.

"It is a sustainable production system even in urban settings, and we are able to obtain high-quality produce requiring lesser maintenance," Camaddo added and later demonstrated the procedure using lettuce seeds.

Meanwhile, Senior Jail Officer 3 Aldous S. YbaƱez shared that they are planning to continue to adopt the hydroponics system in their area.

"Training like this is beneficial to our PDLs, especially since they are able to earn from it. It would also be of great use to them when they are set free," he concluded. (DA-10/PIA-10)


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