Councilor to prioritize agri center

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

DAVAO City Councilor Marissa S. Abella will be prioritizing the establishment of an agriculture center in all three districts of the city.

"I already have lined-up a number of legislations for next year and I will be prioritizing the program for establishing an agriculture center (for each district)," said Abella, who is also the chair of the city council committee on agriculture.

She said the agriculture center will have a demo farm, an organic center, nursery, and a drop-off point for the products of farmers. The center will be near where there is a large concentration.

"We want this to be located at a very strategic part of the districts for accessibility because the center will not only serve as a learning center for farmers but also as a drop-off point for their products," Abella said, adding some of the areas she is eyeing for the center are in Paquibato and Marilog.

The demo-farm will serve as a learning center for farmers to be updated on the latest agricultural technologies and methods.

"It is projected that in five to 10 years time, Mindanao may be experiencing drought and there is a need for our farmers to be equipped and prepared to ensure food security," she said.

The center will also serve as a nursery for tree seedlings, wherein reforestation programs can get the seeds they need for planting.

She said an Upland Management Board will be established to manage the center and the agricultural lands.

Aside from the center, she is also planning to intensify Urban Gardening Program. The program urges households to plant vegetables in their back garden.

Being the vice-chair of the Committee on Environment, she is also eyeing of legislating the reforestation of the city, which will include both urban and upland areas.

"If there is reforestation in the city, it will be cooler and the pollution will be lessened," Abella said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 20, 2013.


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