Erika Z. Vizcarra

New Community Garden Launched in QC

Turnover of urban agriculture starter kits for Headstart community garden.

BAGONG SILANGAN, Quezon City—The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program transforms another community in Quezon City with the establishment of a communal garden at a local learning center.

Under the Urban Agriculture initiative of the program, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) supported the launch of a community garden at the Headstart Campus in Bukluran, Barangay Bagong Silangan to empower residents and provide them the means to grow their own food for nutritional and economic advantages.

OFWs in South America Eye PH Agribusiness Opportunities

DILIMAN, Quezon City—With the increasing importance of food production amid the present health crisis, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in different countries in South America are looking at investing in agricultural ventures in the Philippines.

In a webinar hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Brazil and the Office of Agricultural Attaché in Washington, DC, USA, some 30 OFWs in Brazil, Suriname, Colombia, Guyana, and Venezuela welcomed the programs and services offered by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for agri-fishery start-ups.

Policy Dev’t Priorities for Agri Extension Set for New Normal

The ATI Policy and Planning Division workforce during mid-year assessment and planning workshop.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Efforts to develop policies on agricultural and fisheries extension (AFE) are now being re-shaped to ensure the continued growth of farming and fishing communities even in the new normal.

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), through its Policy and Planning Division (PPD), has drawn up priorities in terms of enhancing AFE-related policies and standards to continue to address the needs of farmers, fishers, and agricultural extension workers (AEWs) in the country.

Urban Farming is Family Affair for More Pinoys

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo joins Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, and ATI’s Romermart Peñamora in Agri Tayo.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Now a daily activity in the household of actress and chef Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, urban farming has become a constant source not only of proper nutrition but also of a garden-to-table learning experience for their family.

The now-certified plantita, who ventured into urban farming when the community quarantine started, has discovered the advantages in having their own vegetable production area at home. She shared this, together with some vegetable recipes, in the fourth episode of Agri Tayo streamed over Facebook and YouTube on July 23.

Learning Never Stops, Urban Agri Practitioners Say

Agri Tayo with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Mylene Dizon, and experts from ATI and BPI.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Practitioners of urban agriculture in the country are stressing the importance of having the willingness to learn proper seed-to-table techniques as key to productive farming at home.

“You will always reap something from gardening, whether good or bad… This is a learning experience for everybody, and there are so many resources out there available for us to learn from,” celebrity farmer Mylene Dizon said.

In the third episode of Agri Tayo, dubbed as “Meet Your (Urban) Garden II”, Dizon called on everyone to start urban gardening now.

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