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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 27 (PIA) - - As the nation marks the month for July as Nutrition Month, the agriculture sector here promotes for the magic square-meter garden, a vertical garden in order to ensure production of nutritious food at home.

 

With this year’s theme, “ Ugaliing magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin,” the Office of the City Agricultural Services (OCAS) has been tasked to improvise strategic ways to ensure production of nutritious food at home despite limited spaces especially among those households with malnourished children.

City Officer-in-Charge Agriculturist Inocencio Gamohay said that OCAS will aggressively campaign for the adoption of a magic square-meter garden, where the one-square meter technology with six inches height could be planted with kalamonggay at the center with at least alugbati, kangkong and peachay around it. This one will entail only one-meter space with at least 4 variety of vegetables which can be picked for food right at the door steps, he added.

He also introduced vertical gardening utilizing the fences, where vegetables like ampalaya, squash, string beans, among others, can crawl and grow to produce vegetables as such food is available anytime without cost.

Gamohay further advised the parents to also include vegetables in planting among the ornamental plants in hanging plants. The planting of tomatoes can be one of them.

He reported the support of the barangays, where the availability of vegetable seeds can be accessed by its local constituents for their own food production at home as one of their program to combat malnutrition in their area of responsibilities.

Gamohay mentioned that their office is also into the dispersal program of livestocks such as hogs, goats, chicken, tilapia and carabao with the farmers so that there will be meat production and to ensure availability of these protein - bearing food thus providing good nutrition for the people in the city.

During the previous assessment of Maasin City by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) , it was found out that food production in the community has greatly eased the malnutrition problem in the city. (ajc/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)