Urdaneta eyes intensive vegetable planting

URDANETA CITY–The local government has launched a city-wide vegetable production program to make households more self-sufficient and help prepare families for possible "worst times" ahead.

Mayor Amadeo Perez Jr. said the city agriculture office has been mobilized for the distribution of seeds and seedlings to help the people produce their own food in their backyards, school lots and all available lands.

"The (global) financial crisis does not hurt us yet but we are prepared for the worst," Perez said.

The mayor said the program was identified as the city's main thrust in 2009 since vegetable planting requires less capital to start, unlike hog and poultry raising which is capital intensive and requires high operational cost because of the rising prices of feeds.

The city has so far distributed vegetable seedlings to members of the barangay councils and senior citizens. Perez said seedlings will also be made available soon to all public schools to encourage students to start planting within their schoolyard.

At the same time, the city government has earmarked P14 million this year for the expansion of its livelihood training center so that it can accommodate more trainees