DOST promotes market gardening technologies for farmers – Manila Bulletin
In order to mitigate the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on farming communities, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has started a market gardening project for farmers in Angono, Rizal.
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said DOST-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has been pushing for the use of hydroponics and market gardening technologies to mitigate COVID-19 threats to food security in some municipalities of Calabarzon.
The project is part of the “GALING-PCAARRD Kontra COVID-19” program of the Philippine Council for Research and Development in Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (DOST-PCAARRD).
DOST-Calabarzon embarked on the agricultural project through the Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTC) of Cavite and Rizal.
“As part of this project, DOST-PSTC Rizal scheduled various training and seminars on agriculture and provided modern agricultural tools and equipment to members of the Angono-New Normal Farmers Association (ANNFA)”, de la Peña said in a report.
These include water pumps, grass trimmer, scale, knapsack sprayers, and farm implements such as trowels, garden rakes, cultivators, transplanters, pickaxes, shovels, hooks. cup and sets of gloves, he said.
“With quality seeds such as pole sitao, squash tomato, eggplant, gourd, okra and mustard distributed in February, ANNFA members are now starting to harvest quality vegetables,” he said. said the head of DOST.
“The emphasis is now on helping to market their products and maintain their agricultural activities.”
De la Peña also revealed that PSTC-Cavite has just started prefabrication for the rehabilitation of three greenhouses in the Bukid Kabataan center in General Trias City, Cavite.
The initiative is part of the project “Sustainable and Intensive and Efficient Technology-Based Community Production Systems (Sustainable Vegies) for the Bukid Kabataan Center”.
“This will be followed by the installation of the CLSU (Central Luzon State University) advanced hydroponic system,” he said.
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