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DA distributes free vegetable seeds during COVID-19 pandemic

Field Agricultural Extension Services Office-Office of the Provincial Agriculturist
May 19, 2020

 

When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as a global pandemic, the Philippine government immediately declared a nationwide state of public health emergency.

The declaration was issued to contain the spread of the virus and protect the well-being of the people, although delivering a big blow to the nation’s economy because of limitation of movement of people, transportation, employment, and business.

Meanwhile, supermarket and groceries may have enough supply on their shelves for now, but a prolonged pandemic could quickly put a strain on food supply chain. The effects would include food supply shortages and overpricing of the food products.

In order to avoid such shortages, it is crucial for the country to keep the food supply chain going. So to ensure food availability across the province, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Provincial Government of Laguna (PGL) started the distribution of vegetable seeds and planting materials to encourage residents to engage in home gardening during this time of travel restriction.

The DA‘s “Plant, Plant, Plant Program” distributed a total of 4,153 assorted vegetable seeds, such as tomato, eggplant, ampalaya, hot pepper, sili tingala, cucumber, radish, squash, snap beans, lettuce, sitaw, okra, pechay, mustard and kangkong.

The program is being implemented by the Field Agricultural Extension Services-Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (FAES-OPAg) headed by Mr. Marlon Tobias, under the Green Revolution for Laguna Households (GRLH) program of Governor Ramil L. Hernandez. Said program began long before COVID-19 occurred, and will continue even after the pandemic is over.

According to Mr. Tobias, each city or town will be given sets of mixed vegetable seeds. The quantity of seeds is based on the classification of town, rural areas will get more seeds because they have bigger land to cultivate, and fewer seeds in urban areas because they have limited cultivable land.

Seed distribution was intensified starting April 15, 2020 to augment food and nutritional needs of affected families and individuals, in collaboration with the municipalities and cities of Laguna to ensure that every household has enough supply of food.

(Joylyn Legasto, ISR-MISO, photos by FAES/PIO Laguna)