To remain productive and be able to afford eating healthy foods like vegetables, Senator Cynthia Villar has included the distribution of vegetable seeds in her relief efforts to help the government alleviate the lives of people especially those rendered jobless due to the virus crisis.
Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, has started the distribution of packed seeds of tomato, eggplant, pumpkin, ampalaya, sweet pepper, hot pepper, corn, sitaw, and mungbean to 61 different barangays in Las Pinas, Cavite and Bulacan.
The packets of seeds distributed by Villar also come with instructions on how to plant and care for the plants.
“I’ve always advocated for home gardening as a strategy for food security and for the alleviation of nutrient deficiency,” said Villar
“It will be a big help for families to have direct access to nutritious foods that they don’t have to buy,” added Villar as she noted the spike in the prices of vegetables due to the lockdown.
The lady senator also said home gardening can be practiced by anybody in small patches of land, vacant lots or in containers, making it appealing to families living in urban areas.
She added that the importance of home gardens are also stressed in times of emergencies like typhoon, volcanic eruption, occurrence of frost and now the COVID-19 pandemic, where there are disruptions in the supply of fruits and vegetables.
“We should take advantage of the quarantine, when we are all mandated to stay home and take care of ourselves, to stay productive by starting to plant seeds, grow food and harvest later on,” Villar stressed.
Earlier, Villar encouraged the use of e-learning sites and online tutorials to learn how to plant easy to grow crops. She also said planting is an activity that the family can do together while on quarantine./Stacy Ang