Agri-10 imparts Hydroponics technology to social welfare clients.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To strengthen urban gardening practices, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) under the helm of Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado holds a Hydroponics Training on April 5, at Bahay Silungan, Barangay Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Around 30 participants, comprising children in street situations, homeless families, out-of-school youth, children in need of special protection, and women who are victims of domestic violence have joined in the said activity.

According to Dir. Collado, the training is beneficial among the clients of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-10 (DSWD-10), as it fosters a sense of appreciation for agriculture and discipline, enabling the group to learn and engage in food production while they take refuge in a sheltered home and even as a livelihood option.

DA-10 Field Operations Division Agriculturist II Ronald Allan P. Camaddo discussed the benefits of establishing urban gardens, mainly employing hydroponics, a technique of growing plants using a water-based nutrient solution instead of the conventional soil.

Camaddo demonstrated how hydroponics works and immersed the participants in a hands-on activity, which, he added, augments the Food Always in the Home (FAITH) program of the government, at the same time capacitating individuals to grow vegetables and other crops in limited spaces.

Said event was initiated by the DSWD-10 headed by its Regional Director Ramel F. Jamen and supported by the DA-10 through its High-Value Crops Development Program.#(MPMT/Photos supplied)