BUTUAN CITY - Five youth groups from the different cities in the Caraga Region are currently participating in the Urban Gardening Contest for the Youth being carried out by the region's agriculture department.
In an interview Friday, Emmylou Presilda, Department of Agriculture in Caraga Region (DA-13) information chief, said the activity aims to challenge the young generation in the region to contribute to the overall efforts in food security and sufficiency.
"The five youth organizations started to develop their vegetable gardens in June this year, and after three months, we will evaluate the progress of these endeavors," Presilda said.
The groups are applying various gardening strategies and farming techniques to ensure high vegetable production from their projects.
The clusters include the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Butuan City; the SK of Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur; the 4H Club of Bislig City; and 4H Club of Tandag City, all in Surigao del Sur, and also the SK of Surigao City in Surigao del Norte.
"This will be concluded by the second or third week of September, where winners of the contest will be announced," Presilda said.
The projects of the participants will be showcased in their respective localities to encourage more youth groups to engage in urban farming.
Presilda said the activity has gained the support of the local government units, seeing it as a potential development project for the different youth organizations in their respective areas. (PNA)