The Department of Agriculture yesterday said local government units (LGUs) bought some P2.6 billion worth of local farmers’ produce from the start of the community quarantine in March until September.
The DA said the P2.6 billion were purchased via “direct procurement from farmers by 443 local government units” nationwide.
DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Kristine Evangelista said vegetable procurement for this year is particularly higher compared to the same period last year.
“We have reason to believe that LGU procurement increased because agricultural commodities also became part of the food packs distributed to their constituents,” she added.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar had been urging LGUs, especially in the barangay level, to source out produce from local farmers even before the pandemic took place.
“We urge our LGUs to prioritize buying fresh produce from our farmers. It’s a win-win situation for both consumers and producers,” Dar said.
In line with this vision, Dar launched the “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” to bolster the agency’s call for “bountiful harvest and prosperous farmers and fisherfolk”.
Kadiwa is a market system which sells major agricultural goods at reasonably low prices to help poor Filipino households.
Evangelista said, as of Sept. 26, a total of 1,439 Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita on Wheels were conducted.
“The total sales generated amounted to P47,685,923,” she added.
Evangelista added that they have taken note of some 20 deliveries to various LGUs and Agribusiness Development Center Pabili through Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Online, which generated sales totaling P5,553,095.
She said that including some P56,143 earned from retail sales, the overall sales for Kadiwa in the regions amounted to P290,146,075.
The Kadiwa project establishes a direct link between the farmers and fisherfolk and the consuming public.*PNA