The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera through the KADIWA program continues to bring highland vegetables in the different urban areas in Metro Manila.
A total of 100,314 kilograms of assorted vegetables such as potato, carrots, cabbage, and others were sold last September 24-26,2020 at the Robinson Galleria, AFP Camp Aguinaldo, and UP Town Center by three farmers cooperative – the Bosigan MPC of Mankayan, the Monamon Norte Federation Irrigators Associations of Bauko, Mt. Province and the Bagnen Balintaugan Timpoyog Credit Cooperative.
Meanwhile, the Cada Farmers Association of Bauko, Mt. Province is selling highland vegetables at the SM Megaworld Branch starting from September 25, 2020 to October 01, 2020.
According to Pacita Lagadeo Yap, manager of Cada Farmers of Bauko, Mt. Province, the DA KADIWA Program provided them an avenue and opportunities to sell their vegetables during this pandemic.
She said that they can now earn an increased income compared to selling it to the trading post.
“The linkage of the DA to the market is a working relationship between the farmers and the government so we are blessed for the opportunities in reaching our market closer to the consumers,” she added.
Meanwhile, Chief of DA-CAR Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division Jerry Damoyan said they are able to sell their vegetable produce higher than in trading posts as they sell directly to the consumers and lessening the market layers.
He added that it is beneficial to the consumer because highland vegetable comes closer to their areas at a fair price and that the farmers and consumers are mutually benefitting in the program.
“We are getting good feedback from the farmers who are participating in this KADIWA program, not because of the linkage but also the experience of selling it to Metro Manila”, he added.
The marketing arrangement is in line with DA’s overall goal of ensuring food security and strengthened farmer assistance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.