DA7, DTI7 hold Kadiwa-Diskwento Caravan

Created on Sunday, 23 May 2021

Government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) joined together last week for a KADIWA and Diskwento Caravan to give labor workers a venue to access affordable agricultural and fishery products and other basic food needs.

The Department of Agriculture – 7 (DA7) and the Department of Trade and Industry-7 (DTI7) in partnership with the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and Associated Labor Unions (ALU) facilitated the Kadiwa and Diskwento Caravan dubbed “Masa Market” at the Mariners’ Court grounds, Pier 1, Cebu City.
During the one day activity, workers and nearby residents in the area were able to avail of affordable and fresh agriculture and fishery products and other basic food commodities. The event also gave opportunity for the farmers, fisherfolk, and micro-enterprises to display their products in support of their livelihood thus increasing their income.
The Farmers' Cooperatives invited to display and sell their products were the Cebu People’s Multipurpose Cooperative (CPMPC), Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative (LMPC), First Consolidated Cooperative Along Tañon Seaboards (FCCT), Ulay Agro Industrial Enterprise, and Agrarian Reform Farmers Beneficiaries Association Inc.
Products on sale included assorted fruits and vegetables , eggs, organic fertilizers and various ornamentals. Also available were processed agri food products like bangus, bagoong, sardines, ginger and turmeric tea, meat products and other food commodities.
Fresh bangus and lato were also displayed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR7), and fresh tilapia by ATLAS Commission Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative.
Liny Pabroa, farmer exhibitor from Brgy. Cantipla 1, Cebu City expressed her gratitude to DA7 for helping her find a place to market her own produce.
"I am selling fresh vegetables at a lesser price because these are direct from my farm. I hope DA will continue this program and that more farmers from our barangay can join," said
Jhon Dennis Capulot, member of the Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative, shared that they had brought 20 crates of assorted vegetables produced by their farmer members in Dalaguete, Cebu.
"We already have awaiting customers before the opening as we are selling vegetables at a lesser price," said Capulot.
DA7 Regional Technical Director for Operations Joel Elumba said that food production is not a sole responsibility of the DA but should be a joint effort of everyone.
"I am encouraging everyone to plant vegetables and produce your own food. DA will help you provide seeds and technical support,” said Elumba.
Elumba also urged the people to buy local and eat local.###

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