By ayan c. mellejor
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has expressed interest on the agriculture innovative technology offered by an Israeli investor believing it could push food sufficiency and security in the city.
The mayor offered one area in Mintal for one module of the agricultural Greenhouse with a size of 272 square meters as pilot area, former North Cotabato governor Emmanuel Piñol said.
Piñol introduced to Duterte, Eyal Ben Ari, president of the Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry and owns GurLavi Corporation, which brings the Greenhouse Israeli Agro-Innovative Technology in the Philippines.
Piñol said Duterte became interested after the Greenhouse technology was presented to him over the weekend at Marco Polo Hotel. Piñol said Duterte had suggested to Ari to start one module in Davao for cucumber production.
“The mayor wanted Davao City to become a show window for greenhouse technology,” Piñol said.
The Greenhouse Israeli Agro-Innovative Technology is a solution aimed at helping the country’s agricultural sector increase quality and quality of crops. Ari said Greenhouse is practiced by growers in different parts of the world and possible in all types of climatic conditions. He said it is widely practiced in Israel due to scarcity of water and land.
Ari said they are interested in Davao City given the right type of land and weather condition.
The company’s agronomist, Beatrice Cortez, said the intention is to help the agriculture industry of the country and other cities like Davao and other places in Mindanao. Cortez, a Filipina working for GurLavi said the green house and its technology model is currently being set up in Tagaytay and “we wanted to bring it here too.”
Greenhouse is a structure where plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers are grown. It attracts heat because the sun’s electromagnetic radiation warms the plants. It has climate control features such as computerized greenhouse, regulated light ad photosynthesis, controlled humidity and air circulation and ventilation.
Among the benefits of the greenhouse technology is income generation for farmers, land utilization, raising any crop, anywhere and anytime, produce high quality products and increased crop production by as much as 500 percent.
Cortez said it is equipped with an installation system where the operation is programmed as to light, humidity, temperature, irrigation and others.