DA sets up own vegetable pantry
The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera gave away an estimated five tons of assorted vegetables to Baguio residents during the conduct of the Kadiwa community pantry.
DA-Cordillera Information Officer Aida Pagtan said the activity was part of the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month this May.
The DA-Cordillera’s Kadiwa community pantry was first conducted on April 28 where 3,000 kilograms of assorted highland vegetables were given away to 500 recipients. On May 5, 2,000 kilograms agricultural produce were also distributed, benefiting 400 individuals.
Pagtan said the assorted vegetable products were donated by farmers’ groups and individual farmers, many of whom are also DA’s partners in the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita centers.
The biggest contributor is the Hiland Multipurpose Cooperative and the League of Associations of La Trinidad farmers.
Joan Bacbac, High Value Crop Development Program coordinator and chief of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, said the activity is the second of a series of community pantry events this month.
She said the DA is consolidating donations of vegetables, other agricultural produce, and grocery items from different farmers groups and cooperatives for the two events the DA set up at the Bureau of Plant Industry compound in Barangay Guisad where the agency’s regional and attached units are located. – PNA