The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) for the production of agricultural food products that will be used in urban farming in Metro Manila.
The memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by the DENR-National Capital Region (NCR) and BPI last Aug. 12 aims to raise seedlings of high-value vegetable crops to help ensure food security in Metro Manila amid the community quarantine.
The vegetable seedlings that will be produced in the joint undertaking will be distributed to barangays of Metro Manila with urban farming or gardening programs.
Under the MOA, BPI agreed to provide technical assistance on seedling production, vegetable seeds, and other agricultural inputs to DENR-NCR.
DENR-NCR meanwhile will provide the necessary facilities and manpower for the project.
The Mechanized and Modernized Forest Nursery in Taguig City will be used to raise lettuce, pechay, sili, eggplant, okra, sitao, and ampalaya, among others.
The MOA was signed by DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan and BPI Director George Culaste.
The Department of Agriculture has been campaigning for the enhancement of urban gardening particularly in Metro Manila and other key areas as one of the measures to address availability of food supply amid the spread of coronavirus disease in the country.
The government has advised the public to stay at home and take the time as an opportunity to get into urban gardening by making use of those idle spaces at home.