Baguio City is in the process of launching so-called survival gardens in conjunction with the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in Luzon for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In an interview, City Veterinary and Agricultural Office head Dr. Brigit Piok said they provide repacked vegetable seeds to individuals and villages for their survival gardens.
Repacked vegetable seeds
She said it was part of the local government's emergency response to the crisis caused by the disease.
The project aims to sustain the supply of vegetables in the coming months in villages and homes with cultivable land spaces and containers, rooftops and vertical gardens.
According to Dr. Piok, the lockdown has affected the provision of low-income daily wage earners and the indigent in their day-to-day necessities, especially for food.
She said the vegetable seeds they distribute are short-season crops such as okra, pole beans, spinach, eggplant, "pechay", garden pea, legumes, and others, which can be reaped after two months.
The city veterinarian said the 16 identified agricultural barangays of Baguio have been given.
The City Agriculturist will also educate the proper use of fertilizers, proper cultivation, and maintenance for vegetables.
Recall, March 17 at midnight, the lockdown was effective throughout Luzon under President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration.
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