The Department of Agriculture- Cordillera through KADIWA program continuous to deliver highland vegetables to the consumer amidst the declaration Community Quarantine this month of February.
Kadiwa is a market system that sells major agricultural goods at reasonably low prices to help Filipino households. The DA-CAR facilitates and provides market linkages and transportation systems to farmers.
A total of 24.2 tons of assorted highland vegetables were sold in Metro Manila and Provinces in Luzon. This assisted 10 farmer’s group under the modality of KADIWA Express. There were 61 kilograms of assorted vegetables were sold in Agribusiness Development Center (ADC) located at Guisad, Baguio City last February 1-5, 2021.
520 kilograms were sold in KADIWA on Wheels in Pinupuk and in Tabuk, Kalinga last February 3, 2021, and two Kadiwa Retails have participated in Quezon City and Paranaque City that sold 420 tons of highland veggies.
According to Ardan Copas, Manager of Seeds and Fruits Multipurpose Cooperative (SFMPC) said the department has been helping the cooperative since ECQ to sell vegetable products and the Food pass issuance has allowed them to sell tons of vegetable since the lockdown.
He applauded the efforts of the department through the Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) for linking them to other farmers since some of their vegetable requirements cannot suffice the client’s needs and it is also a way of helping the farmers.
A total of 247 farmer members of SFMPC from Benguet and Mt. Province were benefitting from the intervention of the department. The cooperative sold 10.5 tons of assorted vegetables to Metro Manila.
“With the good and stable vegetable price this month of February, farmers can recover their losses and motivates more farmers to continue planting,” he added. //
Photo Courtesy: Ardan Copas