TAGUIG CITY, May 15 (PIA) -- The city government of Taguig recently launched its first-ever Melon festival at Taguig Melon Farm in Barangay Wawa giving due credit to the sweet fruit that symbolizes the hard work of Taguigeno farmers.
During the event, Taguigeno families from different barangays had an exciting and fun-filled afternoon as they joined various games such as Melon Relay, Melon Eating, Father-and-Son Melon Run, and Shoot That Melon which uses the fruit as an essential part of the game.There were also performances of stilt walkers.
Variety of melon products and refreshments such as melon pancakes, melon jam, melon doughnuts, melon puto, melon ice candies, and melon juice were also made available during the festival.
Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano led the launching along with House Deputy Speaker and Taguig 2nd Dist. Rep. Pia Cayetano, Vice Mayor Ricardo "Ading" Cruz Jr. and other city officials.
"This celebration is our way of gratitude to our Lord for providing continuous blessings to Taguig. We want to show everyone that despite our continuous progress as an urbanized city, we do not forget our roots,"Cayetano said during the opening ceremonies.
The city government through its City Agriculture Office provides technical assistance that includes the provision of Knapsack 4-Stroke Power Sprayers and distribution of free vegetable seeds to farmers in the city.
Taguig continues to support the agricultural sector not just by providing Taguigeno farmers equipment but also creating a platform where they can exhibit the significance of the farming community and to promote the city's homegrown products.
The City Agriculture Office also conducts lectures, seminars and trainings regarding urban farming and gardening.
Among the sixty-eight (68) farmers who contributed to the success of the event is 54-year old Reynaldo Cruz, who is also the President of the Taguig Farmers Association.
"We are happy for the opportunity to promote our harvest. This will help us promote Taguig as the sole "Probinsyudad" in the Metro Manila and in return will help us in retain the remaining agricultural land in our city," Cruz explained.
The rapidly developing city, home of the Bonifacio Global City and the ARCA South business districts, managed to retain 202 hectares of agricultural land used for cultivation of melon, rice and high-value crops like kinchay.
In October 2014 and August 2017, Taguig Urban Farms have been established in Tipas Elementary School and Eusebio C. Santos Elementary School, respectively.
The Taguig Integrated Urban Farm, which sits on a 2,500-square meter land beside Lakeshore Hall in Barangay Lower Bicutan was also launched last December 2017.The farm overlooking Laguna Lake integrates different kinds of urban farming setups-from gardens that showcase vertical farming that save space, to wooden rack and pole gardens. (JEG/PIA-NCR with reports from PIO Taguig)