TAGUM CITY- Amid the current Modified General Community Quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the City Government of Tagum through the City Agriculture Office (CAGRO) continues to implement farming, gardening, and livelihood initiatives to benefit various Tagumenyo constituents.
Among the beneficiaries of these CARGO-initiated programs are the graduates of the LGU’s Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw Ng Droga (STAND) Program, who will all be given the opportunity to grow their own crops and vegetables in some identified government-owned vacant agricultural production sites in the city.
Through a Memorandum of Understanding, these beneficiaries will be enrolled in a Cash for Work Program funded by the PEESO and CSWDO, where they will receive allowances for the maintenance and cultivation of the area, and shall also be provided with farming starting kits.
Such program is called the Tagum City Enhanced Tagumpay Gulayan Program (ETGP), and will serve as a livelihood for the STAND graduate beneficiaries as they will be assisted in selling their grown produce via the LGU’s Marketing Assistance Program, as soon as their crops will be harvested.
The said Marketing Assistance Program of the LGU Tagum includes the Agri-Runner, a house-to-house delivery service of affordable vegetables packaged by the CAGRO, and the Tagumpay Mobile Agri-Market.
This Tagumpay Mobile Agri-Market, also called as Kadiwa on Wheels, serves as a venue for our local farmers and ETGP beneficiaries in selling their harvested vegetables, fruits, and other agri-products at low cost in the different barangays in Tagum, conveniently bringing fresh produce closer to the residents.
Furthermore, to strengthen urban farming in the city, the Department of Agriculture grants essential farming tools to the various barangays in Tagum through the CAGRO. Such tools include wheelbarrows, shovels, hoes, along with bags of assorted vegetable seeds to be propagated in the respective barangay nurseries. This intervention reinforces the Gulayan Program of the CAGRO to help attain food security in the community.
These initiatives are in line with the LGU’s agenda for Agriculture Development under Mayor Allan L. Rellon’s EAGLE WINGS Program. Drex Rafols/CIO Tagum