DA, Aboitiz turn-over farming system to Bangsamoro Development Agency

The Department of Agriculture Region 12 and the Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. represented by its vice president for corporate external venture Christopher Camba,  turned over Hydroponics and Aquaponics Farming systems to the Bangsamoro Development Agency on Feb.  2,  2018 at Barangay Lugay-Lugay Cotabato City.

DA 12 and the Aboitiz Equity Venture, Inc.  turned over Hydroponics and Aquaponics Farming systems to the Bangsamoro Development Agency on Feb.  2,  2018 at Barangay Lugay-Lugay Cotabato City.

DA 12 and the Aboitiz Equity Venture, Inc. turned over Hydroponics and Aquaponics Farming systems to the Bangsamoro Development Agency on Feb. 2, 2018 at Barangay Lugay-Lugay Cotabato City.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the mineral solution, or the roots may be supported by an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel.

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

This is the fifth site of the project, with the others situated in the cities of Quezon and Taguig in Metro Manila, the cities of Davao and Cotabato in Mindanao. This is in support of the DA12 program of PAGKAIN  para sa masa – urban agriculture to encourage households to do urban farming.

This is part of Aboitiz Company’s corporate social responsibility to help build the capability of the farmers in modern urban farming using the technology and equipment given to them. They are trained in the management of the hydroponics / aquaponics farming system. This also aims to establish the agriculture development in the city with a very limited area as well as serve as learning and training center for other people who are interested in urban farming.

Another goal of this project is for the normalization effort to turn warzone areas into productive communities, Archit. Eduard Guerra of MILF JNC was also present during the turnover as a representative of the MILF families who are also beneficiaries of the urban farming project. Zahruhmin Andong Midtimbang, the Brngy. Cpt. of Barangay Lugay-Lugay,  stated that this is really a big help not only in their barangay  but also to neighboring barangays in Cotabato City, to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to battle malnutrition.

This is a nationwide project which started inside the offices of the agriculture training institutes in Diliman Quezon City. With the collaboration with Aboitiz company, it has since turned into a revolution of urban gardening.

With the cooperation of the citizens, this farming system can ensure an abundant produce of fresh and non-toxic vegetables that will promote health and wellness to the peopl. (April Piquero NDU, BACom3)

 

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