June 14, 2024

The city has launched an Agri-Tourism Trade Fair at Igorot Garden on May 12 as part of its celebration of the Urban Farmers and Fisherfolks Month.

The activity was highlighted with the turnover of P10 million from the Department of Agriculture to the city government for its urban agriculture programs. 

City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) head, Dr. Brigit Piok, said fingerlings disposal was conducted in several areas in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on May 7 while a Kadiwa community pantry of the DA in partnership with Cordillera farmers and fisherfolk was held at Irisan.

Slated May 11 to 18 is the first batch of participants of the Agri-Tourism trade fair at Igorot Garden while second batch is scheduled on May 19 to 25.

A Farmers’ Sunday Market Showcase is set on May 23 and 30 along Session Road while a coffee tree planting and cleanup drive will be on May 27 in several venues in the city.

Culminating the month-long celebration is a joint program and farmers’ summit on May 28 at Hotel Elizabeth.

Outstanding farmer leaders, senior and young farmers, and farmer organizations will be awarded plaques of recognition during the event including a presentation of the DA’s programs and services for urban agriculture.

A workshop on community-supported agriculture and community-led agri-tourism will also be conducted.

Marlene De Castro representing Mayor Benjamin Magalong, DA Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, Piok, a representative of Councilor Philian Allan. – Gaby Keith