TANTANGAN, South Cotabato- To encourage more people to grow their own food, over 1,030 households from Koronadal City and Municipality of Tantangan have benefitted from the vegetable seeds distribution of ATI 12.
Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an said that this initiative is in support to the Department of Agriculture’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program which encourages households and communities to establish their own urban/backyard garden for sustainable food production at a household level.
The distribution has started last April 1, 2020 and is still on-going through the center’s skeleton workforce. Aside from the packs of vegetable seeds, the center also gave various Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials and a 5-kg bag of compost.
IEC materials include production guides of different crops such as pechay, kangkong, okra, bitter gourd and eggplant.
Meanwhile, Resident of Koronadal City Ms Abigail May Garcia said that she is thankful that she is one among the recipients of the Free Vegetable Seeds Distribution of ATI 12.
“Sobra akong nagpapasalamat sa ATI 12 dahil sa mga seeds at compost na aking natanggap. Nakatanim na ako sa aking bakuran sa pamamagitan ng container gardening. Na i-share ko rin ang mga extra seeds sa tatlo ko pang kaibigan. Makakatipid din ako dahil may supply na ako ng mga gulay”, she said.
The center also gave packs to vegetable seeds to various national and private agencies who signified their interest to avail of such seeds namely DepEd Tacurong City Division, Bureau of Jail and Penology (BJMP) Region 12, Surallah National Agriculture School, the South Cotabato Capitol Press Corps, Arturo Pingoy Medical Center and several Radio Stations in the City.
Another initiative of the center is the giving out of support for some community gardens. Its pilot site is at the Southwind Subdivision, in Barangay San Felipe, Tantangan, South Cotabato where the center turned over seed packs, IECs and sacks of compost. The 73rd Infantry Batattion in Malapatan, Sarangani Province and Barangay GPS in Koronadal City were also identified by the center to receive such support to kick-off their community gardens.
The center also intensified the promotion of urban and backyard gardening. All ATI 12 employees under Work from Home (WFH) arrangement were tasked to do backyard gardening to encourage them to grow their own food.
Additionally, the power of social media was maximized as the center through its Information Services Section has uploaded various techno tips and production guide online.
The vegetable seeds distribution is still on-going for the 3rd batch recipients.
The center is hopeful that through these initiatives, people can realize the importance of agriculture and how the establishments of urban/backyard gardens can help in attaining food security in the country.