By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
More companies and institutional buyers are partnering with the Department of Agriculture (DA) in buying harvests from local food producers.
DA Secretary William Dar cited that the department will enter into an undertaking with the Agri Nurture Inc. to buy more quantities of farmers’ harvests on a regular basis.
“We look forward to the positive support and assistance that they can provide to our local food producers who have been affected by the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine,” Dar said.
He also thanked the San Miguel Corporation as it will buy 4 million kilograms of corn from farmers and allow the use of strategic Petron stations nationwide as outlets for Kadiwa rolling stores.
The Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita is a marketing program of the DA, where farm products are bought on a wholesale basis from farmers and retailed to consumers on affordable prices in Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide.
Four other institutions are regularly buying large volumes of vegetables from the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) and the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) since mid-March when the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine was imposed, said DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing Kristine Evangelista.
These institutions are the Oh My Gulay that requires 12 tons of highland vegetables from BAPTC and 12 tons of lowland vegetables from NVAT twice a week; Grow Asia buys 20 tons of highland vegetables from BAPTC weekly; Shell Philippines purchases 5 tons of highland vegetables from BAPTC weekly; and Victory Liner buys 4 tons of highland vegetables from BAPTC weekly.
The DA through its Kadiwa partners also continues to buy more farm produce and sells to urban residents, Evangelista said.
These include Planters Produce, a subsidiary of Planters Products Inc., and VIEVA Farmers’ Federation.
To date, Evangelista said the DA-Kadiwa has served 14 cities in the National Capital Region, via 144 Kadiwa-on-wheels in 124 barangays and 20 villages and subdivisions.