Farm products at cheaper price available at ‘Kadiwa on Wheels’ — DA
Marje Pelayo • March 26, 2020 • 367
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured fast delivery of farm products to Metro Manila while the enhanced community quarantine is in effect.
According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, local government units (LGUs) have taken the initiative to allow an unhampered flow of agricultural products in and out of Metro Manila.
This collaboration will ensure enough food supply in Metro Manila despite the strict implementation of home quarantine.
On Thursday (March 26), the Department, through Secretary William Dar, has launched the program ‘Kadiwa on Wheels’ in cooperation with the Agricultural Training Institute on Elliptical Road in Quezon City,
The program allows farmers to sell their produce, and for consumers to purchase fresh farm products at a cheaper price.
Dar said the selling price in these mobile stores is cheaper by 20% than those being sold in public markets.
While in operation, vendors and consumers make sure to observe physical distancing as ordered by the authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Mas nakakamura ang mga consumer pero dapat palagi we should be guided by social distancing protocols para walang hawahan (Consumers can buy produce at lower price but they should be guided always by social distancing protocols to avoid contagion),” Dar said.
There is no limit to the amount of farm products that consumers may buy from ‘Kadiwa on Wheels’ as long as there is supply, according to Dar.
The Agriculture Secretary also encourages LGUs to buy locally produced agricultural products which they may include in the food packages that they will distribute to their constituents in order to help the local farmers. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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