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Philippines’ Agriculture Department Now Encouraging Residents Of Urban Areas To Plant Their Own Organic Produce

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We are encouraging our residents in the urban areas to plant because when we produce our own vegetables we do not only harvest healthy vegetables, but we could also earn additional income,” Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Ranibai Dalingalen said.

The DA’s urban-agriculture program of the current administration has three components: urban gardening training skills; mushroom culture; and feeding program.

By Jasper Y. Arcalas
Business Mirror
June 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Former Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said urban agriculture may not be able to produce all what city dwellers need, but it was a way to increase awareness on agriculture and food security.

For Gerald Sioco, CEO of Quezon City-based Cedarhills Garden Center, urban gardening in the country needs more awareness campaign to entice people to venture into such activity, particularly the youth.

“Urban gardening needs more PR, it needs more hype. Compared to the new generation who are busy right now, it’s unpopular to them. Unlike the senior ones, it is very popular to most of them,” Sioco told the BusinessMirror in an interview.

“Most of the adults wants to live in farms or to be surrounded with…[greeneries] surrounding [them], when they retire. They want to grow their own produce,” Sioco added.

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