In support of the Urban Agriculture Program (UAP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to boost food security amidst the pandemic, the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center XI (ATI-RTC XI) has been distributing gardening starter-kits to urban and rural communities to kick-start establishment of communal gardens.
The distribution that started this month of August has already benefited three communities in the region. These communities are SAMBUOKAN Greencom Home Farmers Association in Brgy. Dahican, Mati City, Davao Oriental, homeowners of Purok 1, Barangay Gulayan in Brgy. Concepcion, Asuncion, Davao del Norte, and TADACOINFAWA Association in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.
ATI- RTC XI turned-over Php 45,000.00 worth of agricultural inputs consisted of ground fertilizers, vermicast, vegetable seeds, and garden tools to the said communities that will be used in setting up their shared vegetable gardens to become a sustainable source of healthy food in their area.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by ATI-RTC XI represented by OIC- Training Center Superintendent I (TCS I)/UAP Focal Person, Omarbliss B. Dalam, community leaders and representatives from the Local Government Units (LGUs) to secure proper implementation of the community garden project.
Regular monitoring will be conducted by the ATI-RTC XI through phone call and submission of reports with proper photo documentation through email. The LGU’s are also requested to monitor their respective constituents to determine insights and other concerns.
The Center will deliver the same extension support to more community recipients in September.