Backyard farming pushed in Central Visayas


The Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA-7) encouraged everyone to plant their own vegetables to have fresh and nutritious food at home during this time of health crisis.

DA-7 regional executive director Salvador Diputado asked nutrition frontliners, advocates, and stakeholders to produce their own food like planting vegetables in their backyards.

Backyard vegetable gardening is an alternative way to be productive and to have a readily available source of food while staying at home due to the community quarantine implemented by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to him.

In this time of pandemic where movement is limited and controlled, the Diputado said the public should not waste their time. (

The DA-7 official said it is very important to have healthy and nutritious food for stronger body resistance and immune system.

The department, he added, is giving vegetable seeds through the different local government units or to walk-in clients in their office.

The public may also source out their seeds from the vegetables they bought from the market and grocery stores.

“When you buy vegetables in the market, never throw the seeds. Use [them] in planting vegetables,” said Diputado.

He also said that planting vegetables doesn’t require large areas, noting that one can plant veggies using discarded containers.

Diputado suggested planting early maturing vegetables like kangkong, pechay, eggplant, ampalaya, okra, tomatoes, etc.

His call for backyard gardening is in line with the country’s ongoing celebration of the 46th Nutrition Month, which is celebrated every July as mandated by Presidential Decree No. 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines.

This year’s theme is “Batang Pinoy, Sana Tall. Iwas Stunting Sama All. Iwas all din sa Covid-19.”