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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, May 14, 2020
The Cebu Provincial Government will be giving free calamansi or ’lemonsito’ seedlings to interested growers in Cebu Province. (Junjie Mendoza)

Planting materials of calamansi (Citrus microcarpa), locally called ‘lemonsito’, will be distributed for free to interested growers in the Province of Cebu.

Growers can request for the grafted planting materials through their respective municipal or city agriculturist who is also tasked to teach those interested in grafting for better yield. 

According to Provincial Agriculturist’s Office chief Dr. Roldan Saragena, each kilo of lemonsito can further produce 40 new planting materials.

In her livestream report on May 13, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia called on growers in the barangays to propagate lemonsito so the Cebu Provincial Government can buy from them. 

“This is an economic opportunity for our barangays. Paminaw mo mga kapitan kay tagaan nato’g negosyo inyong mga barangay. Mananum mo, nya kami mopalit. Additional income ni ninyo. Amo nang paliton aron i-apud-apod sa kabalayan,” she said.

These grafted citrus seedlings are expected to bear fruits in two months’ time.

Cultivation can also save constituents from buying expensive lemonsito. Recent reports revealed that prices of lemonsito reached as high as P120 per kilo. The price ceiling is just P60 per kilo under the Provincial Price Monitoring Council.

She also encouraged the planting of turmeric (Curcuma longa) of the ginger family, a bright yellow-orange spice valued for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties trusted through the years by traditional medicine experts and advocates.  

“Amo sad nang paliton ang duwaw (turmeric),” the governor vowed.

Propagation is also encouraged in the district and provincial hospitals in whatever vacant spaces they have within the compound. 

The governor continued to promote the use of lemonsito and duwaw in boosting the immune system to have a “better fighting chance” against Covid-19.

Based on reports, she said, those who failed to survive the virus are found to be immunocompromised or those who already have pre-existing conditions like diabetes, kidney ailment, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among others.

However, those who have healthy immune systems are found to have greater chances of surviving the viral disease.

The planting endeavor kicks off agricultural pursuits as the Province aims for Enhanced Countryside Development to attain food sufficiency.

The first set of free lemonsito seedlings will be given to the mayors in their meeting on Friday, May 15 in Balamban town where they are expected to share insights on general community quarantine protocols and guidelines, restarting the economy with focus on agribusiness. (Eleanor Valeros)