Get into urban farming, Baguio City folk urged » Manila Bulletin News



By Larry P. Fabian

NO STRAWBERRY FIELD — A fruit-bearing strawberry plant grown in a recycled plastic bottle catches the attention of a guest of the Agri-Tourism Trade Fair in Baguio City. Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged residents to make full use of their backyards and the city’s cooler climate by planting organic vegetables and fruits. (Larry P. Fabian)

Baguio City — Mayor Mauricio Domogan yesterday invited and encouraged his constituents to get into urban organic farming to help in efforts to maintain food security and enhance its environmental impact.

Domogas issued the call during the launching of the city’s Agro Tourism Trade Fair, which coincides with the celebration of Urban Farmer’s Month.

The trade fair, which showcases organic produce from the region, also offers seminars on urban organic farming, which Domogan hopes will rekindle more interest among Baguio City residents to utilize their backyards for planting.

“It is likely that people in Baguio may lack the skills and knowledge in growing their own vegetables right in their backyards,” said  Domogan during the launching.

He added that there are means of achieving a backyard vegetable garden using discarded materials, but the interest and perseverance must be harnessed.

“Kahit paso-paso lang ang gamitin pwede na, kung paano lang mag-alaga at magtanim ang kanilang gagawin, eh yun naman eh ituturo ng ating mga resource speakers,” (Even simple pots can be used.  The know-how and other aspects of planting will be discussed by resource speakers),” added Domogan.

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