DOST promotes edible landscaping technology – Manila Bulletin
Amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) continued to conduct edible landscaping training to further promote homestead food production in Filipino households.
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the training was conducted by the institute in collaboration with the Edible Landscaping (EL) team at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in early June.
More than 50 participants took part in the two-day training entitled “Oh My Gulay! (OMG) Sa FNRI: A Step Towards Biodiversity “about the Zoom conference on June 2nd and 3rd.
“The training focused on the principles and practices of edible landscaping and its potential contribution to food and nutrition security in Filipino households, especially during this time of the pandemic,” said de la Peña.
He noted that the training is part of the Edible Landscaping Technology Promotion and Information Dissemination Campaign Project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Bureau (DA-BAR).
Edible Landscaping (EL) was defined by the UPLB’s EL team as “an innovative and creative food production technology that combines the science of plant production and the art of landscaping”.
On its Facebook page, the DOST-FNRI announced that the UPLB’s EL team, led by project manager Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. visits the institute and talks to FNRI Director Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa and the Oh My Gulay! (OMG) Sa FNRI project team last week.
The EL team presented EL starter kits as a token of appreciation for the participants in the EL training from June 2nd to 3rd.
“The EL team also visited the OMG! Sa FNRI garden and gave suggestions for improvement, “said the DOST-FNRI.
The OMG! Sa FNRI is one of DOST-FNRI’s municipal gardening initiatives to encourage its employees to consume vegetables, it says
“One of the Institute’s contributions is to provide optimal nutrition to all Filipinos and to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger,” added the Institute.
FNRI said the EL team’s June 17th visit served to strengthen the partnership between UPLB and DOST-FNRI.
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