THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas will distribute assorted vegetable seeds to farmers in the region including Negros Occidental to help the farming family generate additional income during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.
DA-Western Visayas director Remelyn Recoter, in the regional agency’s Facebook page, said the move is in support to urban agriculture and enhance backyard vegetable gardening.
The DA is providing vegetable seeds to individuals and groups who want to engage in backyard or communal vegetable farming through is High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).
Recoter stressed that engaging in vegetable production in this time of crisis will ensure continuous supply.
Also, local government units (LGUs) could make use of it as part of food packs to provide nutritious food to boost the immune system of its residents.
“Assorted ‘pakbet vegetable’ seeds will be distributed to augment farmers’ income and to ensure sufficiency of vegetable supply in the market,” she added.
Farmers and interested individuals may avail of the intervention for free at all DA Research Outreach Station (ROS) in the region.
Available vegetable seeds for distribution are squash, bush and pole sitao, okra, cowpea, patola, malunggay, saluyot and mungbean.
Interested farmers could coordinate with the ROS chief in their respective provinces.
For Negros Occidental, it is situated in cities of Himamaylan and La Carlota.