THE government is urging homes and schools in the country to plant fruits and vegetables to fight malnutrition and live healthy lives.
During the recent launching of the 44th national Nutrition Month in La Carlota City with the National Nutrition Council, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nona Tad-y stressed the need to plant vegetables in the communities and schools.
With the theme “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin,” she said Filipinos should eat more vegetables and intensify home gardening to fight anemia among pregnant women and pre-school kids.
At present, there is a big problem on micro-nutrient and low consumption of fruits and vegetables, she added.
To address this gap, she called on policymakers to issue policies to increase investments for food gardening, training, and seminars.
Investments should also focus on seedlings production and planting materials acquisition.
“We need to promote vegetable planting for livelihood and consume the food we produce,” she said in her speech before the students, pupils, government employees in a city school gymnasium.
There is also a need to organize a farmer’s market and involve women because they play a vital role in food production.
“Start food garden in your homes. When we have enough food, we don’t go hungry, we live longer, save the environment and we live a satisfied and happy life,” she said.
Tad-y also cited La Carlota City for having a strong nutrition committee that helps the region improve its nutrition situation.
The city is a recipient of Early Child Feeding Program and Dietary Supplement for pregnant Women. (PR)