The livelihood of our local farmers and fishermen are not spared from the COVID-19 pandemic. If you want to lend a helping hand, you can support them through a project called the “Farmers Produce,” a project that aims to support farmers and fishermen, plus help get the restaurant industry back on its feet during these difficult times.
The Farmers Produce is a joint project between the Department of Agriculture (DA), Resto PH, and SM Supermalls. Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing Kristine Evangelista, Resto PH President Eric Teng and Vice President Bryan Tiu, and Safety Protocol Officer Mr. Sean Fariñas, led the signing ceremony last July 1.
The Farmers Produce market will start on July 3 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). It will be open all throughout the weekend, on July 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., at SM Aura’s Skypark Lawn. According to DA’s report, SM will provide this space free of charge for farmers and cooperatives to sell their local produce, like herbs and seedlings, dairy products, condiments and seasonings, local beverages, and wines. Don’t worry, healthy protocols will be strictly observed!
The president of Resto PH says that partner restaurants will also have special menus that use the farmers’ produce in their dishes. Partner restaurants of this project include Vikings, Terry’s, Teriyaki Bros., Eggs & Breakfast Cafe, King Chef, 102 Izakaya, Mamou, Tasteless Group, Bag o’ Shrimps, JT’s Manukan, Mango Tree, Genki Sushi, Kureji, Cocina Peruvia, and Sen Ryo.
The produce will come from Cada Farmers Agriculture Cooperative, L. Sanchez Farm, Liwon Naman Farmers Tomato Association, Optimum Health Poultry and Livestock Farm Corporation, National Dairy Authority, Pasciolco Agri Ventures, Balai Kabute Farm, and Mira’s Turmeric Products.
The Department of Agriculture plans to open more outlets of Farmers Produce nationwide.
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