Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria yesterday urged farmers in the city to adopt organic farming methods as his government continues to find ways to increase food productivity and enhance agriculture programs and projects.
This was when the city opened a food fair yesterday at the Quezon Park where vegetables, rice and other farm produce grown organically are sold at lower prices.
Twenty-five of the 30 barangays of Dumaguete participated in the food fair held as part of the culminating activities of the city in line with the celebration of the Nutrition Month this July.
The city is promoting the use of its microbial treated fertilizer that is given for free to farmers in the barangay. The MTS is being developed by the City Agriculture Office from waste materials recovered from the dumpsite in Barangay Candauay.
Sagarbarria said they will support the programs initiated by the City Nutrition Office to see to it that every resident gets proper nutrition.
City Administrator and concurrent City Agriculturist William Ablong said the city is implementing a “Plow Now, Pay Later” program for farmers to make Dumaguete sufficient in food production.
Sagarbarria, Ablong and City Nutrition officer Lourdes Taburaza led the ribbon-cutting and opening rites of the food fair.*JFP
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