Develop school and household gardens

 

Schools to provide free, nutritious veggies for children

by Elsa S. Subong

ILOILO CITY, July 14(PIA)—The Gulayan sa Paaralan Project (GPP) does not only seek to intensify vegetable production in schools but to provide nutritious meals for children.

The Department of Agriculture, proponent of GPP in partnership with the Department of Education, is banking on the project to make available for free, safe and nutritious vegetables and crops for the school canteens.

DA-6 Technical Director for Operations Manuel Olanday said during the awarding ceremonies for GPP winners, that principals and the local government GPP focal persons, should develop school and household gardens to have vegetables right at their yards.

He said that trainings, along with start-up seeds, organic fertilizers and tools have been
provided by the DA for the participating schools in the project.

Fely neturada, GPP Regional coordinator said that the project has raised the level of public consciousness of the health, nutritional, as well as economic benefits of having school and community vegetable gardens.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.