By Jorie C. Valcorza
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The vegetable industry is pushing to increase both production and consumption here in Northern Mindanao, it falls below the recommended 146-182 grams per day consumption set by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and is currently pegged at 110 grams.
Department of Agriculture region 10 Director Lealyn A. Ramos assured the public during National Vegetable Congress and Agri-Industrial Trade Expo held in the city this week that they are also looking into the consumption aspect; in fact the agency is actively advocating this in schools through the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” program.
“We put this back to schools, and the students will bring it home or cook it in campus. We saturated the schools and have been teaching them to save seeds for sustainability,” she said.
Ramos said that they are also encouraging farmers to eat what they produce, and market only the remaining stocks they can’t consume.
Queritess Q, Queja, 14th National Vegetable Congress director, meanwhile added that vegetable growers here are actively engaged with the Australian Research Council (ACR) to address production issues at the community level and in changing the mindset of farmers as active partners in feeding the community.
She bared that they are starting to cluster four farmers group in barangays Pagatpat and Canitoan in Cagayan de Oro City as pilot project sites.
They partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program to supply the beneficiaries with vegetable seeds, spur economic activity, as well as increase the intake of vegetables in the community.(JCV/PIA10)
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