Six Farmers Association from Bauko Mt. Province sold their highland veggies through the facilitation of the Department of Agriculture KADIWA Program. These veggies were marketed at UniOil South Mall, Las Piñas City last October 6-11,2020.
The participating groups were Bila Farmers Organization, Lagawa Credit Cooperative, Bagnen Balintaugan Timpoyog Credit Cooperative (BBTICO), Igorot Golden Vegetables Producers Incorporated, Monamon Norte Federations of Irrigator Associations, Kadangen and Bauko Organic Practitioners Cooperative (BOPCC).
On a daily basis, a total of 500 kilograms of highland vegetables were sold such as potato, cabbage, beans, carrots, chayote, broccoli, onion leeks, lettuce, and others.
According to Agnes Wandali, 300 farmer BBTICO members are benefiting from the KADIWA program of the Department.
She said it’s their first time to experience selling their vegetable products allowing them to increase their sales.
The DA-CAR was always been assisting in the facilitation of the vegetable transport system from the farm to the market areas in Metro Manila.
“We are hoping that this program of the DA will continue and prosper so that many farmers in Mt. Province will be catered to during this pandemic”, she added.
Likewise, 9 tons of highland vegetables and 4.7 tons of cabbage were sold through the linkage of the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera KADIWA Program last October 5-11, 2020.
These veggies were sold in Quezon City, Paranaque City, Markina City, and the province of Cavite.
Likewise, Carol Wandalen, Municipal Agriculturist of Bauko said that the DA-CAR KADIWA program is a great help in the municipality.
She said that the transportation expense is reduced and travel time spent was shortened with KADIWA since the market is readily available and stable and the vegetable price is comparatively higher.
The KADIWA program is using appropriate strategies to link farmers directly to consumers to allow easier food access during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Phot Courtesy: Ellaine Sacla