Davao City – Agusan del Norte, a demonstration vegetable production farm in Cabadbaran City, could convince growers to develop it and the surrounding areas for vegetable production.
The one-hectare site in Barangay Panlaisan, Cabadbaran City, would now become the techno-demo farm that would serve as a showcase that would determine the viability of the space “given its soil conditions before it is presented to interested vegetable growers for expansion.” Vegetable production of the city,” said Maria Arceli Soria, farmer of the city of Cabadbaran.
The area was planted with vegetables in April to demonstrate the profitability of production. Three months later, in July, the city’s Department of Agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Caraga High-Quality Crops Development Program and private seed companies gathered to witness the bounty of the harvest and turned the event into a vegetable production technology exhibition.
The Techno Demo Farm was set up to showcase the potential area for vegetable production in the city.
Cabadbaran City Mayor Judy Chin-Amante said the area could be a potential site for mass vegetable production.
“With the opening of a major mall in the city, this is a challenge for our local farmers to produce more so we can provide them with the food supply they need,” Chin-Amante said.
Cabadbaran City is 28 kilometers north of Butuan City, the capital of Agusan del Norte and the center of trade and commerce of the Caraga region.
Rebecca R. Atega, DA Regional Technical Director, commended the Cabadbaran Municipality for prioritizing local farmers’ market connectivity needs.
Jose Ian Delacruz and Stephen Dy, the country’s farmers and staff, said the demonstration farm offers options to their fellow vegetable growers.
“With the technologies offered by the participating seed companies, this could maximize our vegetable production as they can already identify what is viable and suitable to grow. Therefore, this could also boost our local production as most of our high-quality crops come from North Mindanao and Davao region,” they said.
Marilyn Baron, president of the Cabadbaran City Vegetable Growers Association, thanked prosecutors for setting up the initiative so they can apply what they’ve collected on the site to their farms.
“We have been amazed at the performance of other seed varieties that we think could produce a higher yield. The higher the yield, the higher the income for our club,” said Baron.
About 250 participants from various farmer cooperatives and associations in Cabadbaran City, including barangay agricultural workers and barangay agricultural and fisheries paratechnicians, attended the field day in July.
Seed companies such as Ramgo International Corp., Pilipinas KANEKO Seeds, East-West Seeds Co. Incorporated, Seedworks Philippines Inc. and Allied Botanical Corp. also set up their stands to showcase their products.
Syngenta Philippines Inc., Yara International and BacPhil Planters Corp. presented their fertilizers and chemical products.