Gov't to pursue optimum harvests on farms

Published April 16, 2020, 6:39 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases asked local government units (LGUs) to actively partner with the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the government pursues optimal harvesting activities during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period.

In his Thursday virtual presser, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the IATF adopted the recommendation of the DA to pursue the optimum level of harvesting activities and planting operations with the support of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), as well as the prepositioning of agricultural inputs for early planting.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (Photo from Karlo Nograles  / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (Photo from Karlo Nograles / Facebook page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

He added that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will advise LGUs to actively partner with the Regional Field Offices of the DA for the operational planning and implementation of various programs and projects of the agency.

Nograles said the government is likewise set to improve food value chain logistics and explore the Cash for Work (C4W) Program in Agriculture.

Meanwhile, the Palace official said the IATF approved the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to pursue Supply Chain Regulatory Impact Assessments and to develop the Supply Chain Analysis (SCAN) Dashboard in cooperation with partner agencies and select private entities.

Nograles said the outputs of the Regulatory Impact Assessments shall be referred to the IATF and the outputs of the SCAN Dashboard shall be referred to the National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 for its consideration.

On Wednesday, the IATF assured the public that there were enough food and rice in Luzon during the ECQ.

The DA has distributed 80,000 sacks of rice from Regions 1, 2, and 3 to the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas area.

It has also provided, among others, assorted vegetable seeds and seedlings to 173,957 beneficiaries through its Urban Agriculture Program and distributed fingerlings and seaweed propagules to 1,005 fishpond and cage operators and seaweed farmers.

To help in the distribution of produce, Nograles said the DA has been working with around 12,000 farmers and market workers as part of its Katuwang sa Diwa at Gawa para sa Masanang Ani at Mataas na Kita (KADIWA) activities.

“In the Bicol Region, KADIWA gross sales reached P4.6 million, and the DA hopes to replicate this in other regions as well,” he said.