February 9, 2023

More Cordillera farmers were linked with buyers outside the region through the Department of Agriculture Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Express.

The local government of Balagtas, Bulacan bought 16,265 kilos of assorted vegetables at the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC), La Trinidad. Succeeding orders will be served for future relief operations.

Balagtas, Bulacan through the leadership of Mayor Eladio E. Gonzales, Jr. decided to include fresh vegetables as part of the relief packs for distribution.

The LGU coordinated with Bulacan Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gigi P. Carillo, who also linked with the DA-Cordillera for the partnership.

The vegetable needs were supplied through Ardan Copas, manager of the Seeds and Fruits Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Copas said that through the DA’s Kadiwa Express, they were able to collaborate with Balagtas, Bulacan.

He added that the vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and chayote were produced by 18 farmers from the different municipalities of Benguet such as Atok, Tublay, Tuba, Kibungan, La Trinidad, Buguias, and Mankayan, as well as in Bauko, Mountain Province.

The vegetables were distributed for the third wave of relief operations to 25,000 households in Balagtas. Other goods included in the relief package are rice, meat, fish, condiments, and a hygiene kit.

Agriculture Sec. William D. Dar has encouraged LGUs nationwide to tap the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Express by bringing the food closer to the communities.

DA OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey lauded the effort of Balagtas, Bulacan, and emphasized that the Kadiwa Express is one of the multi-market platforms of the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita program wherein farmers and buyers are directly linked and both parties are mutually benefited.

This is also in support ultimately in ensuring the unhampered movement of essential agri-fishery products amidst the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, he said. – DA-CAR release