Make use of time at home; carry out urban gardening, public told

EVERYONE should do urban gardening.

This was the advice of Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA 7) Director Salvador Diputado on food resiliency to adapt to the current community quarantine measures.

“That kind of strategic approach has been encouraged by DA long ago since 2016. We have been distributing vegetable seedlings to every municipality even before,” the official told SunStar Cebu.

Saying the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic was not foreseen, he said people did not the see the urgency to develop their own household gardens.

“We should be prepared because we don’t know until when this situation will plague us. Let’s not wait for our food supply to lack. Let us plant our own crops even in the comfort of our homes,” he said.

Diputado said urban gardening can be done by recycling empty plastic bottles, noting this can greatly help build alternative food sources.

“That way, you are assured of fresh and clean produce because you are the one who planted it,” he said.

Staying home has been widely pushed across cities to avert the continued spread of the Covid-19.

People can take advantage of the time being stuck in their households to try urban farming.

Food lane accreditation

Meanwhile, the DA 7 is currently issuing a Food Lane Accreditation to ensure unhampered movement of food and agricultural products during the state of calamity, which was declared in the country due to Covid-19.

Farm food suppliers can visit the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division to apply for their respective food lane passes and accreditation.

The said accreditation facilitates easy access of trucks and other transport loaded with agri-fishery products at the quarantine checkpoints.

Accreditation applicants will have to bring required documents such as valid company ID, delivery truck’s OR and CR and other relevant information for prompt issuance of the pass. (JOB)