Seen to increase yields of local veggies growers

TACLOBAN CITY– The Chinese embassy has donated a P2 million worth of greenhouse facility in Guiuan town, Eastern Samar which was formally opened on Saturday (Nov. 4).
Zheny Junlyn, representing the Chinese embassy, said that they hope that the greenhouse project donated by their government could help the local vegetable farmers increase their income, aside from learning new technology.

“We hope that our humble donation will contribute to the growth of low-land vegetables and other economic crops and contribute to the income and economic condition of the people here,” she said in her message during the inauguration of the facility located at the town’s eco-waste management center and park in Barangay Santo Niño of the town.
It was learned that the construction of the greenhouse project in Guiuan was made possible through the help of 4Ps party-list congressman Marcelino Libanan, a former congressman of the province.

The three units of the greenhouse uses a solar hydroponic system wherein vegetables grows even without the use of a soil but with the help of the solar supply.

The structures, measuring 42 square meters each, are also equipped with automated drip and microsprinkler irrigation system.

Town Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan said that she is happy that the Chinese embassy donated the facility to their town.

“I find the timing appropriate. After all, one of the most critical sectors affected by climate change that brought us typhoons like Super Typhoon Yolanda is the agriculture,” she said.
“And one of the most critical concerns is food security. I believe the greenhouse project serves as one of the most sustainable solutions to the problem of food security in the face of the changing climate,” Kwan said.

She then urged the local vegetable growers to make use and avail of the project which can help them use modern ways of planting their vegetables.

Meantime, Junlyn promised not only to provide more new farming technologies being used by the Chinese farmers but also Chinese tourists to visit the town.

Guiuan is known of its beautiful beaches including Calicoan Island which is being promoted by the town as a surfing area.