By: Ellaine Kryss Hubilla
With the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the crisis it has brought to the world, people are now becoming more aware of the value of food sustainability.
That said, aside from various relief goods like rice, canned goods, and instant noodles that are usually distributed by local governments (LGUs) during times of crisis, it’s a growing trend that fresh vegetables and seeds to grow in one’s backyard are now being included in these essentials as well.
The Local Government Unit (LGU) of General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) Cavite distributed seedlings to its residents under the Bayanihan Seeds program led by the Municipal Agriculture Office. The said program is one of the responses of the LGU to fight against the impact of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Residents who were interested in availing of the seeds were advised to coordinate with their respective barangay personnel and have their names listed together with the kind of seeds they wanted to get. The enlistment period ran until April 20 and citizens with further concerns and inquiries may contact (046) 443-9291.
The available seedlings were cabbage (Brassica oleracea), mustard leaves (brassica juncea), asparagus beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis), radish (Raphanus sativus), okra (Abelmoschus esculentus), water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica), and corn (Zea mays).