Plant your own food! Joy Belmonte promotes urban aquaculture

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In a bid to strengthen food security and ensure access to nutritious and affordable food, the Quezon City government is pushing for urban aquaculture.

Mayor Joy Belmonte, as chairperson of the Quezon City Food Security Task Force (QC FSTF), signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture, represented by Secretary William Dar, for the implementation of an urban aquaculture program.

“Maliban sa ating programang urban agriculture, idadagdag natin ang urban aquaculture para matiyak ang supply ng isda at magkaroon tayo ng alternatibo sa karneng baboy,” Belmonte said.

“This is a continuing engagement and partnership that we have with Quezon City. This will enhance the introduction of more technologies into urban agriculture and aquaculture,” Secretary Dar added.

Under the program, known as “Technology Demonstration on Community Urban Aquaculture in Quezon City,” the BFAR-NCR has pledged 15 aquaponic units that will be placed in various communities, including Barangay Bagong Silangan.

The partnership between the QC government and the DA includes a training component for fast and efficient transfer of technology.

Aquaponics is an eco-friendly food production technology combining the concepts of aquaculture and hydroponics to allow fishes and vegetables to grow together in an integrated system.