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Laguna Gov. Hernandez pushes for urban gardening

Provincial Information Office
September 10, 2020
 

Through the Field Agricultural Extension Services-Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (FAES-OPAg), Governor Ramil L. Hernandez pushed for urban agriculture in Laguna amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Video lectures on Urban Gardening, Container Gardening, and Organic Concoctions have been prepared by FAES to help Lagunenses cope with potential food shortages in the province, and will be available this September during the 120th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary online celebration.

Urban gardening is the practice of growing plants that do not need a lot of space where they can be grown in balconies, walls, sidewalks, rooftops, or whatever small garden space is available in city residences and urban areas.

Container gardening, on the other hand, is a form of urban gardening where plants are grown in containers such as recycled plastic bottles and clay or plastic pots instead of planting them directly in the ground.

Lastly, an organic concoction is a mixture of ingredients that come from naturally occurring plant, animal or mineral sources, and can be used as organic fertilizer, a safer option than chemical fertilizers which are harmful to plants and people’s health.

Since April 2020, Provincial Agriculturist Mr. Marlon P. Tobias has been intensifying efforts to address food security challenges by distributing vegetable seeds and planting materials both in the urban and rural areas, and in support of the green revolution program of Gov. Hernandez.

During the COVID-19 health crisis where certain restrictions are imposed on travel, transport, business operations, and employment, among others, growing vegetables and other edible plants at home can help overcome food shortage, at the same time provide healthy food to the Lagunense family.

(Ruby S. Ambrosio, photos from FAES and PG-ENRO/PIO Laguna)