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DENR partners with community to develop veggie-based agroforestry farm in Eastern Samar


vege_farming-webA 10- hectare vegetable-based agro-forestry project will be developed in an open, degraded forest area in Taft, Eastern Samar, located inside the Ulot Watershed Model Forest.

Allotted a fund assistance of  PhP155,500 from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the project shall be undertaken by the San Rafael Integrated Farmers Cooperative, Inc. (SRIFC), a people’s organization based in Barangay San Rafael, also inTaft. The project is expected to be completed within the year.

In a Memorandum of Agreement  between the DENR and SRIFC’s president Jesus Cabujat, the DENR shall facilitate and provide technical assistance to the PO in the implementation of the project.  This shall include determination of species to be planted in accordance with site species suitability and market potential for the commodity. 

For its part, SRIFC shall conduct activities for the ground implementation of the project to include site preparation, sowing, planting and nurturing of the vegetable farm. A nursery shed house/bunkhouse which shall also serve as bagsakan center will be constructed from the allocated funds.
“With this vegetable-based agroforestry project, we hope to veer the upland people away from further destruction of our forests,” says DENR Regional Executive Director Primitivo Galinato, Jr. 

Galinato expressed sadness over the continued degradation of the country’s upland areas.  “We saddened seeing our forests being opened up as upland communities engage in charcoal making which, while providing them immediate income, it  has far-reaching impact on the environment and to their ability to rise above poverty,” Galinato said. 

Galinato stressed the project is in consonance with the National Convergence Initiative of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform and the DENR, which calls for collaborative efforts with the local government units, people’s organizations, non-government organizations and other stakeholders towards poverty reduction and environmental protection./mgsucgang 

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