12 May 2021 – The city formally launched an Agri-Tourism Trade Fair at Igorot Garden, May 12, as part of its celebration of Urban Farmers and Fisherfolks Month.

Leading the kick-off are Marlene De Castro representing Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey. city veterinary and agriculture office (CVAO) head Dr. Brigit Piok, a representative of councilor Philian Weygan Allan who chairs the city council’s committee on agriculture.

Representatives from the city’s urban farmers and fisherfolks including other concerned agencies were present during the opening program.

One of the activity’s highlights was the turn-over of P10 million from the DA to the city for the Summer Capital’s various urban agriculture programs.

Piok disclosed that fingerlings disposal was conducted in several areas here in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on May 7 while a Kadiwa community pantry of the DA in partnership with Cordillera farmers and fisherfolk was held at Irisan.

Slated for May 11 to 18 is the first batch of participants of the Agri-Tourism trade fair at Igorot Garden while second batch is scheduled on May 19 to 25.

A Farmers’ Sunday Market Showcase is set on May 23 and May 30 along Session Road while a coffee tree planting and clean-up drive is earmarked on May 27 at several venues in the city.

Culminating the month-long celebration is a joint program and farmers’ summit on May 28 at Hotel Elizabeth.

Outstanding farmer leaders, senior and young farmers, and farmer organizations will be awarded plaques of recognition during the event including a presentation of the DA’s programs and services for urban agriculture.

A workshop on community-supported agriculture and community-led agri-tourism will also be conducted. – Gaby B. Keith