A total of 7 tons of highland vegetables and 6.4 tons of cabbage were sold through the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera KADIWA Program facilitation last September 28 to October 4, 2020.
The veggies were sold to Metro Manila, Quezon City, Paranaque City and Cavite including the KADIWA Retailing at DA Compound, Guisad, Baguio City. Nine individual farmers and 4 farmer’s association– Cacadcadaan MPC, Manpa-a FA, Palayen Farmers and Sagada Farmers availed from the program.
According to Erwin Alawas, Episcopal CARE Foundation social enterprise manager, they are buying vegetables directly from the 15 Farmers Association in Benguet and Mt. Province.
He said that they established a partnership with DA to help farmers market their products better. The DA provided the transportation services to facilitate the vegetable delivery to Metro Manila, he added.
“We are grateful for the continuous assistance of DA for helping farmers with their various interventions and programs to ensure food security,” he stressed.
Likewise, Pacita Kiwas, a member of Sengyew Community Organization of Bauko, Mt. Province commended the ECARE Foundation. They are buying vegetables on a weekly basis thereby they have a continuous source of income and are earning better.
She said that their vegetables buying price is higher as compared from the buying price of trading posts as transportation cost is reduced.
“Our organizations are blessed. The initiatives of ECARE Foundation and DA-CAR in helping farmers sell their vegetables in this pandemic is commendable”, she added.
Moreover, many other farmer’s associations were linked to the KADIWA program wherein highland vegetables were sold in the different strategic areas in Metro Manila, malls and market centers in the neighboring provinces.
The Kadiwa, which stands for “Katuwang sa Diwa at Gawa para sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita,” is DA’s marketing strategy linking directly the food producers to the consumers.