Mass planting of vegetables to highlight Quirino's nutrition month celebrationFriday, June 08, 2012 06:22 AM Views : 829Thelma C. Bicarme
CABARROGUIS, Quirino, June 8 (PIA) -- The Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) here announced that the 2012 Nutrition Month celebration with the theme "Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain," will focus on mass planting of vegetables particularly papaya, malunggay, pigeon pea (kardis or kadyos), and winged bean or sigadiyas.
Luninning Pacudan Rhodes, provincial nutrition officer, said that the mass planting will be conducted at the different barangays and it will be spearheaded by the barangay nutrition committees.
"We will be announcing the exact date and other details of the activities after our final meeting with the PNC and Municipal Nutrition Committees next week," she said.
There will also be mass planting activities in the municipal and provincial levels through the different nutrition committees.
The planting materials will come from the six municipalities and 133 barangays as their counterpart to the said activity.
"This is to promote vegetable consumption among the populace especially the children. Vegetables are important components of a healthy diet, and their sufficient daily consumption could help prevent major diseases," Pacudan-Rhodes stated.
Other activities during the celebration are Search for Best Backyard Garden for Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Best School Garden, and Best Community Garden.
A vegetable cooking contest will also be conducted, which aims to showcase low-cost and nutritious vegetable dishes.
Winning recipes from the contest will be added to the compilation of recipes to be printed for distribution to beneficiaries of the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and in schools for their feeding programs and to families with malnourished children.