Former DA chief appeals for LGUs to buy farmers’ produce
Former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has appealed for local government units (LGUs) to buy the produce of farmers and livestock raisers.
Piñol, who is now the chairperson of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), made the plea after being informed by a friend who said his family’s hog farm in Makilala, Cotabato could not sell some 700 ready-to-slaughter hogs because of the lockdowns imposed by different local government units..
“I immediately called up North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco and asked her to consider buying farmers’ produce like chicken, eggs and hogs which could be distributed to local residents as food assistance,” Piñol said.
Piñol said that with the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is important for LGUs to have their own respective food self-sufficiency program.