Farm from home pushed to ensure food in pandemic times

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2020 04:20 PM

Oyster mushrooms being distributed to affected communities under the DOST-PCAARRD's GALING PCAARRD program with the help of its partner university. Photo: Marites Raboy, UNP

MANILA -- Filipinos are encouraged to grow food from their homes, from urban gardens to backyard tilapia farms, as millions adjust to the new normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the science department said Wednesday.

Food production is among the projects under the Department of Science and Technology's agriculture research arm to help ease the blow of the outbreak. It is also sharing technology on its electronic library and distributing food to communities.

"Inaasahan natin na ang programang ito ay makakatulong upang malampasan natin ang mga kasalukuyang suliranin hatid ng COVID-19," said Reynaldo Ebora, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development.

So far the agency distributed oyster mushrooms in North Luzon, fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cordilleras, food products in Sultan Kudarat and duck eggs in Davao City, among others, the DOST said. 

Under its livelihood programs, the group initiated urban gardening, chicken meat and eggs production as well as backyard tilapia farming, the DOST said. 

The inter-agency program has 15 regional consortiums nationwide, involving state universities, research centers, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, and others, the DOST said.