Experts from the agriculture sector are pushing urban and peri-urban agriculture to help address food security and sustainability challenges.
During the Pandesal Forum held at Kamuning Bakery Café in Quezon City on Monday, the experts urged Filipinos to go into outdoor and indoor farming, vertical or multilevel farming, and peri-urban agriculture where vegetables are planted in areas that are peripheral or near urban centers.
"It's a way of sustainable living," Glenn Panganiban, director of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry, said during the forum. Panganiban emphasized the importance of adopting and supporting urban farming to ensure food sustainability, emphasizing this will not displace crop production in the rural areas.
"Urban and peri-urban agriculture do not replace rural production but rather complements it. It is a way of sustainable living because we produce food in our cities and in our own communities," Panganiban said.
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