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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 30, 2020

DA to distribute seeds to farmers
The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas will distribute vegetable seeds to farmers in the region to augment their income during the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis, its regional director, Remelyn Recoter, said.

​In support of urban agriculture and backyard vegetable gardening, the DA will provide vegetable seeds to individuals and groups who want to engage in backyard and communal vegetable farming through the agency’s High-Value Crops Development Program, she said.

​“Assorted pakbet vegetable seeds will be distributed to augment the farmers’ income and to ensure sufficiency of vegetable supply in the market,” Recoter said.

​She stressed that engaging in vegetable production in this time of crisis will ensure a continuous supply and local government units could include vegetables in their food packs to provide nutritious food to the residents, to boost their immune system.

​She added that farmers and interested individuals may avail of this intervention for free in DA research outreach stations (ROS) in the region.

​Available vegetable seeds for distribution include squash, bush and pole sitao, okra, cowpea, patola, malunggay, saluyot, and mungbean.

​Interested farmers could coordinate with the ROS in the provinces.

​In Negros Occidental, those interested can coordinate with the DA’s research outreach station in the cities of Himamaylan and La Carlota, she said.*

Biz sector keen on stopping Covid

The business sector in Bacolod City is keen on stopping the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, Frank Carbon of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday.

    “We are now on the phase on how to minimize our losses, and preserve our capital. We will be ready to spring back quickly when the right time comes and start hiring again,” Carbon said.

    Bacolod has reported five confirmed cases of Covid-19. The enhanced community quarantine will start today.

    Carbon said the sector will cooperate with the initiatives of the city government, and these include shutting down the operations of establishments and institutions, to contain the virus transmission.

    Business establishments in the city have suffered losses due to the drop in sales.

    Carbon stressed that they are now focused on helping the city, “We have to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding continues, we will lose blood,” he said, referring to their businesses as their lifeblood.

    “We have to prepare for the worst while praying for the best. If this stubborn virus cannot be contained during the enhanced community quarantine, then we should be ready to go to heightened community quarantine. Some cities in Metro Manila have placed some of their barangays on HCQ,” he said.

    He also urged the public to heed the advice of local authorities to stop the possible transmission of the virus.

    “Let us work together in fighting this faceless enemy. We have to continue looking after each other,” he said.*


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