THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao will study the possibility of tying up with delivery services to boost its Kadiwa program.
DA-Davao information officer Noel Provido said this is to complement the recently launched electronic Kadiwa (eKadiwa) by the DA secretary William Dar.
Currently, eKadiwa covers Metro Manila and is set to be expanded in other urban areas nationwide. It is serviced by Mober Inc., while other transport and delivery service providers like Lalamove and Grab have signified joining the eKadiwa project.
"Kami sa region, we are looking into mga service providers nga nagadeliver og mga pagkaon like Food Panda kung pwede ma tap nato na sila and they could make an agreement sa atong mga farmers para sila na pud ang mag deliver (We are looking into tapping food delivery services and partner with farmers to deliver their produces)," he said.
"Gusto nato na nga a notch higher and the Secretary has already launched the eKadiwa or electronic Kadiwa (We want to scale up Kadiwa with the launching of eKadiwa)," he added.
During the strict implementation of the community quarantine in Davao Region, DA's Kadiwa marketing program was transformed into a mobile version dubbed as Kadiwa on Wheels.
It enabled farmers to bring their produce to several households and barangays as the movement became limited during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Based on the report of DA-Davao as of June 13, the farmers in Davao Region earned about P16,233,599 from April 3 to June 13, 2020.
About 208,212 kilograms of produce consisting of vegetables, fruits, chicken, dried fish, pork, fresh milk, and rice were delivered to 39,800 households in Davao City.
Despite the easing of the movement due to General Community Quarantine, Provido said Kadiwa on Wheels will still be continued this week.
"I consulted our Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (Amad), niingon sila padayon ang atong Kadiwa on Wheels kay padayon gihapon ang request sa atong barangay officials (Amad advised to continue the Kadiwa on Wheels because there are barangay officials who requested for it)," he said.
DA-Davao recently released the regular schedule of the Kadiwa on Wheels every 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Farmers will visit barangays San Juan, Bago Aplaya, and Ecoland every Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Camp Catitipan on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tawan-Tawan on Tuesdays, and Cadalian on Wednesdays.
In Barangay Sasa, farmers will bring their produce at Dona Salud, Dona Pilar, and Bolinao every Thursday, barangays Dumoy, Mandug, and 11-B on Fridays, and barangays Indangan, Hizon, Fuente de Villa Abrille, and Bambu Estate Subdivision on Saturdays.