Food insufficiency is the most pressing problem that government has to address with urgency especially during this time of pandemic. Continued food production both in the rural and urban areas, and producing one’s own food like vegetables is a significant way to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on the supply of edible crops in the market.
Hence, to further strenghten the implementation of Urban Agriculture Project in Davao region, the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center-XI (ATI-RTC-XI) conducted a 3-day live-out training on Urban Agriculture to some residents of Baranggay Datu Abdul in Panabo City, where the Center is also situated, last June 16-18, 2020.
This is also in support to the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat Kontra sa COVID-19” and the “Plant Plant Plant Program” of the Department of Agriculture, urging households to engage in urban farming and grow their own vegetables.
Series of lecture-discussion, experiential sharing, actual demonstration, and hands on activities were the methods employed during the training. Among the topics included were: Situation during the Occurrence of a Pandemic, Importance of urban gardening to the urban community, Types of urban garden, Establishment of an urban garden, Utilization of recyclable materials in urban gardening, and Management of urban gardens.
A total of 12 participants were equipped with necessary knowledge and skills on urban gardening. After completing the training, ATI-RTC-XI turned over the Urban Agriculture Program starter kits which includes two (2) sacks of vermicast for each, bolo, shovel, seedling trays, vegetable seed packs, and watering cans.
“Growing our own food will do a lot in ensuring fresh and safe consumption of vegetables, and for virus containment purposes. Let us not become threat to food security by panic buying, instead we will manage our own home gardens,” said Center Director Dante G. Esguerra.
ATI-RTC-XI will continue to adhere to its mandate amidst the crisis by providing capability trainings to its clientele, with strict observance of health protocols.