DA urges households to engage in urban farming amid ECQ

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) strongly recommends urban farming as a way to spend quarantine time at home.

This is the main objective of DA’s ‘Plant, Plant, Plant Program’ spearheaded by Agriculture Secretary William Dar which aims to ensure food sufficiency during emergency situations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis.

The program encourages private seed and seedling companies to join the project and help promote urban farming in Metro Manila.

The local government of Quezon City, for example, has set up a demo farm within the City Hall compound where a variety of vegetables are grown.

The area can be accessed through Elliptical Road and Kalayaan Avenue.

The facility is also giving away seeds and seedlings to residents of Quezon City who are interested to start vegetable gardening at home.

Garden Caretaker Ruben Marcellana said some vegetables in the demo farm are ready for harvest.

Growers may enjoy a fresh harvest in just a period of one month once they plant the seedlings.

Magmula sa seeds, one month po siya (From a seed, it takes one month)” he said.

Ang ginagamit naming soil is organic din (The soil we use is also organic),” he added.

Due to limited space, urban farming can be done on rooftops, in the garage or by the window using hanging pots.

Growing vegetables at home will cut time spent in public markets especially since movement is limited under ECQ. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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