By U.S. News Agency / Asian
A team of Korean nationals recently consulted with the Davao City Agriculture Office on the possibility of farming vegetables in the city.
City agriculturist Leonardo Avila III said the Koreans has an existing vegetable farm in Luzon.
Avila said the group is one of the biggest seed companies in Korea looking for areas where they could tie-up on vegetable farming.
Senior officers of the company, Avila said, toured Calinan and Marilog areas in the city’s third district last December and will send their agriculture technicians to assess the condition of the area.
Based on their initial talks, he said the Koreans will propagate their seeds and buy the produce here which will be supplied to the Korean market.
Meanwhile, Avila said the city government in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now working on a tramline facilities to ferry vegetable products from remote areas in the city.
At present, he said a vegetable farm in Sitio Sibulan is improvising a tramline to be built by the farmers in the area to transport high value vegetables to the market.
Sibulan is cut by a mountain towards the nearest farm-to-market road and the only way to connect this production site is through a tramline, Avila said.
The tramline will reduce hauling cost from production areas to the market to as much as 60 percent and travel takes only a few minutes.
Avila said the construction of the tramline is being finalized with cost amounting to P2 million. The community will maintain the facilities, he said.
He said another tramline is being proposed in another vegetable production site in Sitio Panigan linking it to Sitio Pag-asa.
These are all remote sitios that produce quality vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, among others, Avila said.