KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, (PIA) -- Households in urban areas like Koronadal City can still establish vegetable gardens for family consumption, an official of the city government here emphasized.
“In places like subdivisions and apartments where spaces are limited households may opt to put up hanging gardens or use flower pots, sacks, grocery bags, and other containers to raise assorted vegetables,” City Nutrition Action Officer Veronica Daut said. “This way, families could still have ready supply of vegetables despite the lack of the traditional backyards.”
On February 28, Koronadal’s City Nutrition Office in partnership with the Household Gardeners’ Club and the National Nutrition Council 12 gathered residents from the 27 barangays here for a convention at the Rizal Park where different fresh vegetables and vegetable-based cuisine where on display in stalls.
Barangay delegations also competed in display, pinakbet cooking, singing and dancing all centered on vegetables.
“Through events like this we promote organic vegetable gardening that ensures food security in every home and addresses malnutrition and hunger,” Daut said.
Of the 38,000 households in Koronadal, about 60 percent have backyard gardens, Daut said, explaining further that the estimate only include families that have planted at least 10 kinds of vegetables.”
“At least, the family should be able to cook “pinakbet” out of the vegetables they raised. The more kinds of vegetables they grow, the more sources of nutritious food the family gets,” she stressed.
Daut announced that families that do not have sources of planting materials may ask assistance from the City Nutrition Office, which she added, could even deliver topsoil to fill in the pots and other containers to be used to grow vegetables. (by Danilo E. Doguiles-PIA 12)