The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 2 (DA-RFO2) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Nueva Vizcaya State University to implement the “Plant, Plant, Plant Program” amounting to PhP 2,000,000.00 under DA’s Massive Seedling and Seeds Production Program on January 13, 2021. This is in support of Republic Act 11494 otherwise known as the Bayanihan Act 2 that was created to provide a response that will deal with the effects of COVID- 19 pandemic in the country.
The project led by the Extension and Training program directed by Dr. Maribel S. Bacena aimed to increase the availability of quality vegetable seeds and seedlings in the province and ensure food security and productivity during the pandemic. Vegetable seedlings such as okra, eggplant, squash, cowpea, and bottle gourd were distributed to the different municipalities of the province from March to June 2021.
Multiple positive responses were received from the different municipalities especially from households who received the seedlings. The Extension and Training Program is currently working on the sustainability of the program to continuously provide seedlings to more households to even promote backyard farming.