LGUs told to buy farmers’ produce
Agriculture Secretary William Dar once again appealed to local government units (LGUs) down the barangay level to source out produce from local farmers.
“On top of distributing canned goods and processed products, we urge our LGUs to prioritize buying fresh produce from our farmers. It’s a win-win situation for both consumers and producers,” Dar said.
Aside from providing sure market to farmers, Dar said farm products are nutritionally beneficial in strengthening the human immune system against COVID-19.
“This is the time to help our farmers sell their produce while we promote healthy consumption in Filipino households. The food supplies can actually come from the ‘kanayunan’, hence minimizing movement from one location to another,” Dar said.
LGUs nationwide have started distributing food packs to aid families with critical need for food supplies, especially those who are under quarantine and cannot go out of their houses.
Right now, Dar said the DA is coordinating with Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to enhance its food delivery system.