This Is How Much The LGUs Have Helped Farmers, DA Reports
They bought over P1.5-billion worth of farmers' produce!
In a post on the Department of Agriculture (DA) website, the DA announced that local government units (LGUs) have spent over P1.58-billion on produce and seafood products directly from local farmers and fisheries since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) began. Products include milled rice, corn, vegetables, fruits, pork, chicken, fish, and even spices.
"It is the DA's job to ensure enough supply of food in the country. Our LGUs can count on us to link them to our food producers, while they help us market farmers' produce and provide every household adequate and affordable food," Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.
This coordination between the DA and the LGUs nationwide has resulted in several initiatives that allow the public to not only help the farmers and fisheries sell their products, but also to provide their basic food needs.
Last March, the DA launched the Kadiwa markets and mobile Kadiwa palengkes or Kadiwa on Wheels which sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood at lower costs. This was followed by the recent launch of eKadiwa, the online store version of the physical Kadiwa markets that will deliver your purchases straight to your homes.
"We ensure farmers of a ready market and steady income, as well as provide consumers with affordable, healthy, and nutritious food. Along the process, we also help stabilize the prices of basic commodities," he said.