Dabawenyos told: Go organic

The city government is encouraging more Dabawenyos to go into urban organic agriculture through the establishment of a community-based urban organic agriculture program.

“Davao has an ongoing community based urban organic agriculture program, although it has not yet been properly launched,” City Agriculture Office chief, Leo Bryan Leuterio, said.

Leuterio said as designed by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, urban agricultural activities will be conducted in every barangay. The goal is to encourage all barangays to have the urban organic agriculture set-up.

Agriculture is one of Mayor Inday’s one 10 priority agenda. The others are Health, Education, Tourism, Poverty Alleviation, Infrastructure Development, Solid Waste Management, Transportation Planning and Traffic Management, Peace and Order and Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation.

The city government aims to establish a model urban agriculture set-up in each of the three districts. The long-term goal is to have the set-up duplicated in every barangay once they see how it is done.

CAO is mandated to promote urban organic agriculture and for this year, it has identified two barangays – where the model nursery will be located. These are barangays Cabantian and Aplaya.

“These barangays have existing nurseries, which we are developing right now and they will be the model of urban sustainable agriculture in the city” Leuterio said.

Once the nursery has been fully set up, then the model nurseries can already start harvesting and accepting visitors by February next year.

Mayor Inday has also earlier indicated the city’s intention to develop a government-owned property in Malagos as an Organic Farm and Agriculture Training Center. The Center, she said, will showcase the processes needed to set up an organic farm in an integrated farm presentation- which will hopefully inspire small to medium-sized farms in the city.

The city government has also encouraged Dabaweyos to go into organic farming, even if they do not have large tracts of land.

The Davao City Rooftop Garden at the City Hall Annex was built to serve as a model set up for urban container gardening that seeks to promote urban organic farming as a scheme to guarantee food and environmental safety. CIO