After seeing the success of the Sugbusog program in the Province of Cebu, the Department of Agriculture (DA) turned over 35 boxes of assorted vegetable seeds worth P653,250.75 to the Cebu Provincial Government on Thursday, January 28.
DA Central Visayas Director Atty. Salvador Diputado said the seeds are part of the initial support promised by DA Secretary William Dar during his last visit to Cebu where he committed to support Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s Sugbusog program.
Sugbusog or the Sugbuanong Busog Luwas ug Himsog was conceptualized to encourage households to plant in their backyards to fight boredom amidst the pandemic.
Now, it has expanded to include raising of free-range chicken and establishing an aquaponics system for fish production.
The seeds include okra (lady finger), string beans, pechay, lettuce and eggplant or an equivalent of 389.64 kilograms. Diputado said this is just the initial round of support the DA is extending for the Sugbusog as more seeds will be given in the coming months.
The DA Central Visayas will also extend livestock like the native chicken with “Bohol strain.”
“Mao ni siyay klase sa manok nga Bisaya nga mokaon og monlayon (grass), free range. In other words, pwede ni siya buhion nimo didto sa inyong balay basta naa ray monlayon mabuhi na ni siya, momenos ang imong production cost,” Diputado, a Bohol native, said.
The agency also plans to send pigs, ducks and goats from its Ubay stockfarm as part of this year’s thrust to “decentralize” reliance in sourcing out produce solely in Bohol.
Diputado said because of the pandemic, the DA had difficulty transporting livestock so now, they aim to have each province in the region manage their livestock site.
During Dar’s visit last December, he promised that more resources will be allocated for Region 7 where Cebu will get P454 million this year. The DA has a total of P24 billion funds appropriation for 2021. (Vanessa L. Almeda)