By Liezle Basa Inigo
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 02 (DA RFO 02), together the City and Municipal Agriculturists (C/MAs) of Cagayan, started the Plant, Plant, Plant Program (PPPP) and other agricultural programs amid the COVID19 pandemic.
Narciso A. Edillo, Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo said that the objective of the program is to intensify food production within respective areas’ cropping systems such as through crop-livestock integration.
As a directive by Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar. Also, teach households to raise free range chicken and practice crop-rotation in their farms.
The initiative of the agency is to practice backyard gardening as effective measure to prevent hunger among the family in observance of the community quarantine.
The DA RFO 2 started distribution of assorted vegetable seeds and seedlings in Cagayan Valley.
“We’re still thankful even in this trying times because our farmers are continuously providing food to the Filipino people. And as a way of helping them, DA management allocates 5,000 pesos cash assistance to rice farmers enrolled in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) maintaining a farm of .5 to 2 hectares,” Edillo stressed.(Liezle Basa Inigo)
CAPTION; Prior to distribution of seedling from DA, a Civilian Volunteer started to purchase their own assorted seedlings for distribution in their barangay to help residents for the backyard gardening.