THE Davao City Agriculture Office (CAO) pushes for a more implemented organic farming and urban gardening in the city with the program called “Gulayan sa Barangay.”
The objective of the program is for the nine designated agricultural districts to have a total of 10 to 15 organic gardens that they will develop.
Leo Brian Leuterio, CAO Head, said on an interview on Friday, April 13, that the measurement of each organic farm and urban garden of each district will depend on their land availability. The area to be used for the garden will be provided by the district itself.
“This will make the households thinks that it can be done [organic farming can also be done in their households],” Leuterio added.
Each district has an allocated P50,000 budget inclusive of the equipment to be used in gardening, seedlings, organic pesticides, and training packages to be conducted by CAO officers. This will be funded by the city government.
Plants like eggplant, lettuce, tomato, onion, and bitter gourd will be planted and the profits that will be gained from the garden are already up to the districts on how they will use it as well as how they are going to use the harvested plants as well. However, Leuterio added there are varieties of vegetables planted depending on the barangay’s location.
Leuterio added that the improvement of the botanical gardens every district will be a competition where the winners will be awarded during the Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Month May of this year.
At the present, a 250-square meter (sqm) botanical garden lies on the rooftop of the CAO building with a 50 sqm botanical garden model. Since its launching there had been representatives of at least five to ten Local Government Units and several local tourists who have visited the garden.
Leuterio said they also plan to establish the 600-sqm botanical garden and organic center at Marfori Heights, Davao City. There have yet to have details on the project but they target to have it within three months. The plants that will be planted in Marfori Heights botanical garden will be the same plants that are already planted in the botanical gardens of the agricultural districts.
CAO had also partnered with a private company to establish an organic center in the School of the Blinds, Bago Aplaya, Talomo, Davao City. There are no details posted yet for the completion of the garden however talks had been made between CAO and the company. (Brisbane Q. Titular, Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Intern)