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MORE URBAN FARMERS URGED TO GET DA ACCREDITATION; URBAN FARMERS MONTH ONGOING
18 May 2022 – The City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) revealed that as of present, a total of 2,929 urban farmers and 32 urban farmer organizations in the Summer Capital have been accredited in the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
CVAO agriculturist I Vincent Aaron Chacapna said the DA is targeting 5,000 urban farmers in the city to be registered at RBSA to facilitate access to any agriculture-related assistance program of the government.
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 assist urban farmer organizations in registering with the Department of Labor and Employment, Securities and Exchange Commission, or Cooperative Development Authority before accreditation in the RSBSA.
The city is currently celebrating Urban Farmers and Fisherfolks Month 2022 this May by virtue of city ordinance no. 35, series of 2018 authored by returning councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr. that aims to boost the city’s agricultural industry and economy as a whole.
“Modernisasyon at Industrialisasyon tungo sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita” is this year’s celebration theme.
Activities include: April 19 – May 17, Edible Landscaping Contest at Happy Hallow barangay; May 1, 15, 22, 29, Sunday Market Showcase at Session Road; May 11-12, Competency Enhancement Training for Farmer Associations on Agri-Business Planning and Writing Resolutions – Batch 2 at CVAO; May 18-27, Launching of the Baguio Coffee Brand and Rabbit Food Fest at Igorot Garden;
May 20, Culminating Program Cum Launching of Farm Tourism Circuit and Judging of the Edible Landscape Contest at Happy Hallow; May 30, Awarding of Winners of the Edible Landscape Contest at City Hall Grounds; May 31, Coffee Tree Planting & Clean Up Drive at Wright Park; May 31, Tilapia Fingerlings Dispersal at Camp 7, Happy Hallow, Lucnab, and Minesview barangays.
Those interested to know more about the RSBS A or ongoing celebration can visit the CVAO at Slaughterhouse compound or call (073) 443-5332.-Gaby B. Keith