Photograph by Aldwin Quitasol for the daily tribune Young farmers in Baguio City are expected to get funding support for trainings and skill development programs to help boost the green culture in the urban landscape of the city.
BAGUIO CITY — The City Council here approved the appropriation of P250,000 to aid young urban farmers of the city.
Officials said the fund will come from the budget of the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO).
While the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), if capable, may also provide a counterpart appropriation for the purpose.
Through the ordinance, the 4-H Program (Young Farmers Program) of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) has been institutionalized.
The 4-H Program provides activities and income-generating projects aimed at introducing the youth to family farm development and urban gardening, complementing the youth development advocacy of the SK in empowering the youth by engaging them in community projects.
The 4-H program members as well as their parents will be provided with training to further enhance their competence in agri-crop production.
The training methodology will be based on principles of learning by doing through plenary sessions, practical learning application, hands-on demonstration, and non-formal education, among others. The CVAO will be directly involved in providing the necessary trainings.
Through the appropriation, the youth sector will also be introduced to proper waste management as urban management utilizes wastewater and organic kitchen waste in the production of crops.
They will likewise be encouraged to venture into farm-entrepreneurship to help in boosting agri-tourism in the city.
Meanwhile, the CVAO will ensure the establishment of farm schools in the city which will serve as the basic training and production facilities for agri-crop production.
The program further aims to involve other young people in growing safe and healthy agricultural crops through urban gardening in their respective barangays and households in this city.
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