The partly-completed model farm for natural farm and aquatic production in Barangay Bongdo, Borbon, Cebu, was blessed in a simple religious rite attended by DOST, town, barangay, private organization officials.
Built on the natural farm are cemented rectangular containers to serve as overground ponds for artificial reproduction of African catfish and as protective boxes for colo plants. African catfish, locally known as Pantat, and colo are draught resistant animal and plant species that can help address the problem of food scarcity during long dry spells.
The undertaking was part of the project “Application of Science and Technology to Natural Farming and Organic Agriculture Systems” undertaken by the the Action for Skills, Knowledge, Education and Wellness Center Corp. (ASKEDWELL), a private partner of the Department of Science and Technology 7 (DOST 7).
In attendance during the religious ceremony were DOST Regional Director Edilbero Paradela, Borbon town councilor Ike Sepulveda, barangay officials, as well as civic and religious leaders of Borbon. Also present was Pert Cabatana, a private partner/volunteer who explored the possibility of introducing digital technology to natural farming methods to boost efficiency in farm production.
The project aims at sharing the farming technique to produce breadfruit (locally known as colo) and at transferring the technology of artificially breeding African catfish, to the residents of upland Barangays Bongdo and Bongdo Goa, in the town of Borbon, Cebu.
The project is part of the government’s efforts to mitigate the adverse impact of global warming on the countryside, not only by providing the town folks localized means of income but by ensuring them food supply to tide them over during El Nino.
After the brief religious rites, the party proceeded to Barangay Bongdo Goa, Borbon, Cebu, to view the home-made food products of barangay folks who displayed their goods at a wooded mini tiangge called “Goldie’s Place” situated in a wooded parcel of land owned by Emilo and Fredevinda Biore, barangay civic leaders.
written by: Licinio Gingoyon