Demonstration farm to test the viability of the city of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte for vegetable production

Davao City – A demonstration vegetable growing farm in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte can convince growers to use it and surrounding areas to grow vegetables.

A one-hectare plot in Barangay Panleisan, Kabadbaran city, will now become a demonstration techno farm that will serve as a showcase to determine the viability of the space, “considering soil conditions before presenting it to interested vegetable growers to expand the area. vegetable production in the city,” said Maria Arceli Soria, city agronomist of Kabadbaran.

The area was planted with vegetables in April as a demonstration of the viability of production. Three months later, the city’s Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture, the Caraga Valuable Crop Development Program, and private seed companies gathered in July to witness a bountiful harvest and turn the event into a vegetable production technology show.

The Techno Demonstration Farm was set up to showcase potential vegetable growing areas in the city.

Kabadbaran City Mayor Judy Chin-Amante said the area could be a potential location for mass vegetable growing.

“With the arrival of a large mall in the city, our local farmers are challenged to produce more so that we can provide them with the food they need,” Chin-Amante said.

The city of Kabadbaran is located 28 km north of the city of Butuan, the capital of Agusan del Norte and the center of trade and commerce in the Caraga region.

DA Regional CTO Rebecca R. Atega praised the Cabadbaran Municipal Government for prioritizing the needs of local farmers in terms of market linkages.

José Jan Delacruz and Steven Dye, land cooperative farmers, said the demonstration farm provided opportunities for their fellow vegetable growers.

“With the technologies offered by the participating seed companies, this can maximize our vegetable production as they can already determine what is viable and suitable for planting. Therefore, it can also increase our local production since most of our valuable crops are grown in Northern Mindanao and the Davao region,” they said.

Marilyn Baron, president of the Cabadbaran Vegetable Growers Association, thanked the District Attorney for taking the initiative to apply what they harvested from the site to their farms.

“We have been impressed with the performance of other seed varieties that we believe can produce higher yields. The higher the yield, the higher the income for our association,” said Baron.

The July field day was attended by about 250 participants from various farmer cooperatives and associations in Kabadbaran City, including barangay agricultural workers and barangay agricultural and fishery specialists.

Seed companies including 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. demonstrated their fertilizers and chemical products.