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DA urges LGUs to include fresh produce in food packs

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Sunday urged local government units (LGUs) to include fresh produce from local farmers when distributing food packs for households during the health emergency.

Agriculture Secretary Dr. William D. Dar (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Agriculture Secretary Dr. William D. Dar (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“It’s a win-win situation for both consumers and producers,” Dar said.

He also pointed out that aside from providing sure market for farmers, fresh produce are nutritionally beneficial in strengthening the human immune system against the coronavirus disease.

Some LGUs have started distributing food packs to aid families with critical need for food supplies, especially those who are under quarantine and cannot go out of their houses.

“This is the time to help our farmers sell their produce while we promote healthy consumption in Filipino households. The food supplies can actually come from the ‘kanayunan’ (countryside), hence, minimizing movement from one location to another,” Dar said.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Program, has started to link LGUs in metro areas to farmer-producers in different parts of the country to ease the logistical arrangement of food supply delivery and distribution.

The Kadiwa offers two modes of distribution to LGUs in Metro Manila areas.

Under mode 1, the DA will directly link LGUs to food producers and facilitate delivery.

For mode 2, the DA will link LGUs and producers to deliver items to identified drop-off points.

For both modes, LGUs will sort and pack the items for delivery to households.

“We are ready to assist our LGUs in Metro areas to ensure our stable food supply throughout the country. As much as possible, let’s do it within our communities where supplies are already available,” Dar said.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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