Dumoy Brgy. Captain Jessie Mar Culaste said that the necessity to grow our own food is one of the valuable lessons Covid-19 pandemic brings and with the establishment of the Gulayan sa Barangay, more members of the community will take interest to plant and benefit from their own produce.
"It has drawn interest among urban dwellers to engage in backyard and container gardening. Currently, our Purok's have also established their own communal garden. Our goal is not just for our constituents to have an additional source of income but giving them healthier food options during this health emergency situation as part of our produce goes to the food distribution program," said Culaste.
Such growing interest was further fueled through the Department of Agriculture-XI and Davao City Agri Office vegetable seeds distribution program.
DA-XI Gulayan sa Barangay focal Ronnie Mahinay, Jr. said that package of support includes vegetable seeds, gardening tools such as shovel, nursery kits, weeding sickle, watering cans, plastic crates, wheelbarrow and garden hoe.
"Since 2020, we have established 553 Gulayan sa Barangay in Davao region and we are expecting more communities to join this initiative. We are so thankful to the local chiefs and gulayan coordinators for the overwhelming support for the success of this program," said Mahinay.
He added that interested barangays may contact or visit their city/municipal agriculture offices for more information on how to join the program. | via Celso C. Vergara and Janelle Tabalina Flores, RAFIS11