June 20, 2024

The City Veterinary and Agriculture Office said 2,929 urban farmers and 32 urban farmer organizations in the city have registered in the Department of Agriculture’s Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

CVAO Agriculturist I Vincent Aaron Chacapna said the DA targets 5,000 urban farmers to be registered at RBSA to facilitate their access to the government’s agriculture-related assistance program.

The RSBSA is an electronic compilation of basic information of farmers, farm workers, fishers, and other target agriculture-related beneficiaries of the DA.

Their data are encoded in the farmers and fishery registry system managed by the DA central office. 

Chacapna said his office conducts regular visits to the barangays and assists urban farmer organizations in registering with the Department of Labor and Employment, Securities and Exchange Commission, or Cooperative Development Authority before their accreditation with the RSBSA.     

The city is celebrating the Urban Farmers and Fisherfolks Month this May by virtue of Ordinance 35, s. 2018 that aims to boost the city’s agriculture industry and economy.

Activities include the launch of the Baguio Coffee Brand and Rabbit Food Fest at Igorot Garden on May 18 and the culminating program-cum launching of the Farm Tourism Circuit and judging of the Edible Landscape Contest at Happy Hallow on May 20.

Winners of the Edible Landscape Contest will be awarded on May 30 at City Hall grounds while a coffee tree planting and cleanup drive at Wright Park and tilapia fingerlings dispersal at Camp 7, Happy Hallow, Lucnab, and Mines View barangays are set on May 31.

Those interested to know more about the RSBSA may visit the CVAO at Slaughterhouse Compound or call 443-5332. – Gaby B. Keith