By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao 

As a way to curb boredom while encouraging people to grow their own food during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Agriculture (DA) started the Plant, Plant, Plant Program.

Its regional branches as well as other extensions like the Agricultural Training Center (ATI) and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) have been distributing free seeds to get the program underway. 

Now, BPI wants to hear from those who claimed the free seeds and seedlings through their recently launched photo contest named Plantliner: The green thumb challenge. 

Qualified participants are those located in the National Capital Region who have availed of the free seeds from the BPI during the ECQ. 

The Bureau of Plant Industry launched the photo contest so those who received the free seeds can show off their garden. | Graphic from Bureau of Plant Industry’s Facebook page.

To join, participants need only to send photographs of the planted seeds from BPI throughout the following growing stages and particular dates. The specifications are: 

  1. Garden preparation and sowing should be submitted from May 4 to 10; make sure that the seed packet from BPI is included in the photos. 
  2. Seed germination and transplanting from May 11 to 17. 
  3. Vegetative stage from May 18 to 24. 

Send the images to bpi.information@yahoo.com with the subject #PLANTLINER. Include the following information in the email: 

  • Name 
  • Age
  • Address
  • Mobile number
  • Name of the plant and its quantities
  • Inspiration message

On May 25, the entries will be posted on the official Facebook page of BPI as collages to show the participants’ gardening journey. The entry with the most reactions from the audience until May 27, 5:00PM will be the winner. 

The criteria for judging is based on the number of reactions on the posted official entry and based on the decision of BPI’s agriculturists, who will look out for the type of plant grown and the technology used to grow it. 

Winners will be announced on June 1 and will receive prizes such as cash, rice, and gardening tools. 

Happy planting! 

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