Soldiers’ VEGETABLE FARM a model for `Gulayan ng Masa’ in Baganga, Davao Oriental

Government troops have shown that they are not only good for combat and military operations but also into  sustainable vegetable farming.

In Baganga, Davao Oriental, the camp of the Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion is a showcase of various vegetable plants like squash, eggplant, radish, pechay, among others.

Lt. Col. Reuben Basiao, 67th IB commander, said they are trying to practice the food sufficiency program or the so-called FAITH (Food Always In The Home) but then it turns to be more than that since the farm has become the model of “Gulayan ng Masa” of the Department of Agriculture.

That’s why, the military and DA forged a partnership to launch the “Gulayan ng Masa” in different barangays of Baganga. At least 10 barangays have already adopted the livelihood program, providing them great opportunity to have an additional income. The Barangay Defense System (BDS) of each barangay managed the project.

In the neighboring Tarragona town, five out of its 10 barangays also adopted the “Gulayan ng Masa” while four other barangays went into mushroom culture and fish production. The Civilian Active Auxiliary initiated the project where the Tarragona detachment is now a model of integrated farm of vegetables, mushroom and fish production.

These barangay-based livelihood project is also part of Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon’s “Pagkain Kita” program.

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