DA brings urban agriculture to 5 more QC barangays
QUEZON CITY, May 22 (PIA) –The Department of Agriculture recently partnered with five additional barangays from the second district of Quezon City in an effort to strengthen food security in their communities and households.
Barangays Holy Spirit, Batasan Hills, Bagong Silangan, Commonwealth, and Payatas sealed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DA, through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), for the establishment of integrated urban gardens.
According to DA Assistant Secretary for Livestock William Medrano, the essence of integrated urban agriculture is ensuring “enough and nutritious food for the family all year round.”
“Integrated urban gardens also enable the consumption of various sources of vitamins and nutrients in meat products, not only vegetables,” Medrano added.
Meanwhile, ATI Director Alfredo Aton requested for the full cooperation of the barangays in sustaining the project.
“We hope that, with your efforts, this campaign on integrated urban gardening will be sustained, and eventually become part of the city fabric,” he said.
After the turnover of starter kits and the MOA signing ceremony with the barangay chairpersons and representatives, a harvest activity at the ATIng Gulayan ng DA demonstration site in the ATI compound was also conducted.
Residents of the five barangays, for their part, pledged commitment to support the urban agriculture initiative under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) “Plant, Plant, Plant” program. (DA/PIA-NCR)