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
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,