DA distributes free seeds to promote urban agriculture amid COVID-19
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has identified the promotion of urban agriculture through the distribution of free vegetable seeds and planting materials nationwide.
This is to ensure food availability and sustain production in the country amidst the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the agency said.
“We need to explore all strategies to ensure that food productivity, availability and sufficiency is attained, particularly in this challenging time,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
“With the program, we hope to provide households, especially in metropolitan areas, the opportunity to produce fresh and healthy food from their backyard for their tables. This way, we can help them attain food security even beyond the enhanced community quarantine period in Luzon,” he added.
The DA, through its Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), has been distributing assorted vegetable seeds and planting materials to interested households in Metro Manila and other urban areas in the country.
“To sustain the initiative beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we are establishing community gardens in barangays with vacant areas so they can plant, propagate, and produce their vegetable requirements,” said BPI Assistant Director Glenn Panganiban.
The DA-BPI distributes assorted seeds and planting materials of such vegetables as eggplant, tomato, upo, sitao, okra, upland kangkong, mustard, pechay, alugbati, saluyot, and onions.
Those interested to avail of free vegetable seeds and planting materials, kindly call the DA-BPI at (02) 8525-7313 or 8524-0837; or email at [email protected]