Kadiwa goes online to sell affordable agriculture products
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched a multi-platform system to include “Kadiwa Express” and “Kadiwa Online”, which will make available affordable agriculture products like fruit and vegetables.
In a statement, DA said it is now fine-tuning its “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita,” a flagship agri-fishery marketing program, to serve more consumers in urban areas and improve market linkages between them and farmer-producers amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.
“Admittedly, during the initial implementation of the ECQ, there have been hurdles and challenges in the movement of agri-fishery products,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
“So, we are making some adjustments in our Kadiwa program, using simple and technological solutions, to ensure continuous and unhampered supply of fresh produce to consumers, particularly those in metropolitan areas,” he added.
Under the Kadiwa Express, the DA-Kadiwa program will tap the private sector and local government units (LGUs) in the transport and distribution of fresh produce from Agri-Pinoy Centers to designated drop-off points in Metro Manila.
Farmers may sell their produce to cooperatives, associations and trading centers in Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Benguet and Quezon Province. From there, DA Kadiwa Express personnel will facilitate the transport of products to offloading points, where LGUs can collect their orders.
The DA chief also encouraged local chief executives to take advantage of the Kadiwa Online, an online order placement system that provides direct link to potential suppliers.
Interested LGUs can place their orders at https://homegrownorganics.myshopify.com/collections/kadiwa-ni-ani-at-kita-express.
“We are hoping that our local chief executives will take full advantage of these Kadiwa platforms, which is much needed especially in this time of crisis,” he said.
Kadiwa is a collaborative marketing project of the DA and Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) aimed at selling major agricultural goods at reasonable prices to help poor households.