SOME 9,083,440 worth of agricultural and fishery products were successfully sold by the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita at Peninsula Electric Cooperative Inc. in Bataan, said the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Central Luzon.
This represents a volume of 210.788 metric tons for the benefit of approximately 25,000 households.
According to DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing Kristine Evangelista, three types of Kadiwa -- Kadiwa on Wheels, Kadiwa Retail, and Kadiwa Online -- are being set up in various municipalities and cities.
Despite Tropical Storm Pepito, the DA Regional Field Office 3, in partnership with the Department of Energy, rolled out the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita at Peninsula Electric Cooperative Inc. on October 21.
The Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita is a mobile market initiative program of the DA's Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division that establishes the linkage between the market and local producers in the country in consonance with the Secretary's "New Thinking" for Agriculture paradigm.
Supervising Agriculturist Menchie Nogoy assured that the products acquired by the consumers are safe and fresh products directly from the farmers.
"Gusto kong hikayatin lahat ng mga gustong mamili sa ating Kadiwa na samantalahin kapag nasa lugar po nila iyong Kadiwa on Wheels. Sa simpleng paraan pong ito ay makabibili na sila ng mura at de kalikad na produktong tiyak kung saan nanggaling at ligtas. Higit sa lahat ay matutulungan po natin ang ating mga farmers," Nogoy said.
Seven Farmers Groups, namely, Kaanib Cataning, Tindahan ng Bayan, HARBC Abucay, BAB Abucay, Cofmaco Abucay, Ruthy's Pilar, and Ric Pilar, participated in the activity.
"Kung saan man pong probinsya, welcome na welcome po ang ating mga farmers' association o cooperative na sumali sa Kadiwa. Tumawag lamang po muna sa amin sa DA-AMAD para ma-assist namin kayo," Nogoy said.
With this, farmers and fisherfolk will be able to keep afloat in this time of pandemic by providing accessible, affordable, and nutritious food to the consumers.
Subsequently, the DA-Central Luzon AMAD commits to serve at their best to help the farmers and the industry.