Most of the farmers in the devastated areas grow corn, cassava, vegetables and coconuts. All the crops have been wiped-out. The fury of the typhoon uprooted everything. Famine for the millions of survivors is not far-off. Food aid will be gone in a few months as aid agencies go home. Our vegetable gardening project will provide vegetable seeds, root crop planting materials (cassava) and small farm tools to farmers-survivors. Root crops such as cassava can survive strong winds. The vegetable seeds will be pechay, eggplant, legumes, okra, tomato, moringa, squash, among others. Aside from vegetable seeds we will provide simple manual on how to plant in the local dialect. We will also provide small farm tools like sprinklers, weeding and cultivating tools. We will also provide organic fertilizers.
Some vegetables such as pechay can be harvested in 18 days and with continuous planting, food is secured. The survivors also can have something to do with their time and depression can be assuaged. Vegetables also provide much-needed nutrients and excess they can sell for added income.
To date, I am happy to report that we have already provided 2,600 vegetable seed packets to 600 families in Ormoc City and the municipality of Albuera. We hope to provide some more vegetable seeds and to also include some garden tools. Hoping you will help me drum-up support for this initiative.
Very sincerely yours,