BAGUIO CITY The City Council approved a resolution requesting the newly created City Agriculture Division under the City Veterinary office to conduct a massive information and education campaign regarding the implementation of various agriculture development projects in the city.
The resolution authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that the conduct of an aggressive information and education campaign by the City Agriculture Division regarding its programs and projects is crucial to the improving the understanding and knowledge of residents on agriculture by getting the attention of everyone and for them to be acquainted, engaged and educated about where their nourishment comes from and to respect the farmers who work to make a difference in their and other people’s lives despite numerous struggles to make ends meet.
Yangot claimed that in this modern times, telecommunications technology is developing fast, however, several millennials are allegedly uneducated about agriculture and this makes them ignorant about agriculture.
With a goal to intensify efforts in sustainable agricultural practices in all the city’s 128 barangays and to support the local agriculture sector, he pointed out the agriculture division of the local government was officially established at the City Veterinary Office to address the issues and concerns confronting the state of agriculture in the city.
According to the proponent, there is widespread food shortage globally and several farmers who are very much willing to share their ideas are equipped with new technologies to produce as much food as possible with less confined space available.
Contrary to the notion that agriculture is a major culprit of global warming or the increase of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, Yangot stipulated that farmers actually conserve resources for plant and livestock production adopting to the 21st century standards such as post-harvest and animal welfare care.
He explained by encouraging those with idle lots in their backyards to help supply domestic food needs, the programs and services offered by the government together with the community’s effort, can advance the city’s advocacy in becoming the next agri-tourism destination in the region.
The resolution cited that Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan shared about the principle of a farmer which is to plant because surely he will have something to harvest later.
The City Agriculture Division aims to respond to the call for securing food sufficiency, environmental preservation and protection and solid waste management, uplifting the economic status of marginal farmers, and giving importance due to the city’s agriculture sector.
The resolution was unanimously approved by the members of the local legislative body and will be forwarded to the City Agriculture Division under the City Veterinary Office for their information, guidance, ready reference and further needed action.
By Dexter A. See