Taposok Challenges Dabaonons to Practice Urban Agriculture, Improve Davao City’s Natural Ambiance

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ATI OIC-Director Luz Taposok articulates some opportunities in urban agriculture during the first AgriTalk in Mindanao. (Photo by Mr. Karl Salibio)

DAVAO CITY – Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Luz Taposok has posed a challenge for Davao City residents to establish mini farms in their homes and eventually create a countryside vibe in the entire city during the AgriTalk in Mindanao.

Taposok underscored the strengths of urban agriculture where people can maximize even the smallest spaces in their backyards to plant vegetables and grow their own food.

She emphasized, “We all have agricultural responsibilities mainly because we are all consumers. So be inspired to practice urban agriculture and eventually engage in agribusiness.”

Moreover, Taposok said that the promotion of urban agriculture is being undertaken by the government not only for economic revenue purposes, but also to attract the younger generation to venture into agriculture.

“We have to instill in their (youngsters) minds that we all need to contribute in food production,” she remarked.

Similarly, Mr. Dante Simangan, Manila Bulletin Vice President for Circulation Department, guaranteed support in the promotion of urban agriculture. He noted that strengthening efforts in food security is Manila Bulletin’s commitment in the country.

The event was also graced by Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Enrico Garzon, Jr., and Center Director Dante Esguerra of ATI Region XI.

Topics on the different practices in cacao production, square foot gardening, mushroom production, making organic concoctions, exotic fruit trees, and growing ornamentals were discussed during the activity.

The first AgriTalk in Mindanao was held last October 17, 2018 in SM Ecoland.

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