Countries are battling a pandemic viral disease called the Coronavirus Disease 19 or CoViD-19. This novel coronavirus started last December 2019 in Wuhan, China and vastly spread across continents. Due to the high transmission rate of the virus through droplets, contacts, and fomites from an infected to healthy person, the Republic of the Philippines declared Community Quarantine (CQ) and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to help mitigate the spread.
The quarantine forces the people to work from home and strictly stay at home. With these, the demand for transportation, education, clothes, etc. was significantly reduced, however, the demand for agriculture is constant. For this reason, the College of Agriculture and Agri-Industries, Caraga State University (CAA-CSU) created this “Tanim sa Bahay Initiative” program to help sustain the supply of food for the people particularly the marginalized communities. In this program, easy-to-follow planting guides for tomato, eggplant, and pechay (can be downloaded here: https://caagri.weebly.com/news--events/urban-container-gardening-guide) were created and distributed to households in selected barangays in Butuan City. Furthermore, College Dean, Dr. Elizabeth P. Parac together with the college faculty and staffs distributed vegetable seedlings (okra, eggplant, lettuce, tomato, pechay, amplaya, and stringbeans) and two bags of vermicast to interested families at the Lower and Upper Brgy. Tiniwisan, Butuan City last April 3, 2020. Subsequently, the Department of Agriculture-XIII expressed support to the program by donating seeds that will be planted by the college and will be distributed to other communities in the upcoming weeks.
We can't afford to lose thousands of lives because of this CoViD-19. More so that we can't let millions of people suffer from hunger. Hence, the CSU-CAA together with the Government and Non-Government Agriculture Agencies are doing its best to help inspire the community to do urban gardening and ensure food supply amidst CoViD-19 crisis. JALangres