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Project NexCities Activities starts at Salikneta Farm

A bustle of action at the Salikneta Farm!

De La Salle Araneta University-Agrivet Sciences Institute (DLSAU-AGSI) houses the BS Agriculture program located at Salikneta Farm, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The Salikneta Farm is a 64-hectare farm where about 48% of the land is utilized for fruit and crop production and animal husbandry (hog breeding and fattening, egg production, and cattle raising). It is also home to around one hundred forty BS Agriculture students from freshmen to students in their third year of the program. 


Salikneta farm
A photo of Salikneta Farm from Salikneta Facebook Page
Vegetable fields at Salikneta Farms. (Photo from Salikneta FB page)
Vegetable fields at Salikneta Farms. (Photo from Salikneta FB page)

Aside from being a place of learning, Salikneta Farm is also a place of leisure, and meditation as the facilities are also open to the public for educational, recreational, and spiritual or meditative activities. People from around the area visit to buy the fresh vegetables that are produced in the farm and are sold to the public. 

Fresh produce from Salikneta Farm

The Salikneta Farm is also a place of research and under the NexCities Project is the site where a full-scale fertiliser production plant is being installed. The NexCities Project is the winner of the 2019 Newton Prize which aims to convert sewage to fertiliser. On-the-ground testing of the fertiliser produced from wastewater will also be done at Salikneta. 

A team of scientists from DLSAU-AGSI are in charge of the production of struvite from waste water septage and subsequently testing its efficacy as a fertilizer to selected crops under field and greenhouse conditions. This activity will be managed by the four-person team of comprised of Project Manager Maria Eda Apple A. Suplido and three Project Assistants, namely: Elma Pulgarinas, Elmer Montebon, and Emmie Marie Rosales

Maria Eda Apple A. Suplido
Ms. Elma Pulgarinas
Ms. Emmie Marie Rosales

From Left: Maria Eda Apple A. Suplido; Ms. Elma Pulgarinas, Mr. Elmer Montebon, and Ms. Emmie Marie Rosales

The team has been working on the project since last year conducting a host of scientific activities. These includes training, transfer and installation of the reactor, septage analysis, and the initial preparation for septage pumping. 

At Salikneta Farm, the hum of activities grow as the NexCities Project gears up for this new year!

Training at Salikneta Farm
Training at Salikneta Farm
Transfer of Struvite Reactor to Salikneta Farm
Transfer of Struvite Reactor to Salikneta Farm
Preliminary septage analysis
Initial Preparation for Septage Pumping

Converting wastewater into nutrient-rich fertilizer for a better city of the future