DA links farmers to groups doing charitable works for more profit
Updated: May 17, 2021
By Christine Cudis / Philippine News Agency
DIRECT MARKET. The Agribusiness arm of the Department of Agriculture has been matching farmer groups with buyers who are purchasing in large quantities to help the former earn more during the health crisis. Similarly, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources announced their fish producers are open for donors who are buying to contribute to the community pantry. (Photo courtesy of DA Communications Group)
MANILA – Throughout the quarantine period, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has helped farmer groups sell their produce to non-government organizations (NGOs) and other charitable institutions who want to distribute agricultural products to people in need.
"Our market matching team link NGOs to farmers. These NGOs give vegetables to their identified beneficiaries," DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Kristine Evangelista told Philippine News Agency on Friday.
Evangelista, who leads DA's Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita project, said their private partners have been giving vegetables to different communities since the start of the pandemic.
Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita is a direct marketing program of the DA which is supported by various local government units, barangays and homeowners’ associations in Metro Manila and major urban centers, both benefiting thousands of farmers and consumers.
"DA is also a member of the Convergence Team composed of different government agencies, and every time the team extends help to communities here in National Capital Region, DA brings vegetables. The community members divide it among themselves," she said adding the group will keep on pursuing this activity.
Meanwhile, as the country observes public participation in recovery efforts through the community pantries that are sprouting in various regions of the country, DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero, in a Thursday radio interview, said that donors can also purchase from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources' (BFAR) Oplan Isda which also resembles the office's Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita fisheries products.
Similarly, fish producers are linked to retailers who buy in bulk.
Currently, BFAR works with two cooperatives buying fisheries produce in bulk and will be distributed to sellers or donors who wish to distribute to community pantries, Caballero said. (PNA)