Mindanao sets up regional food inventory amid COVID-19
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Emmanuel Piñol said his agency has initiated the Mindanao Food Supply Inventory as part of the self-sustaining food supply strategy it is introducing to the region’s local government units (LGUs).
“In view of reports that Vietnam will defer the export of rice which could cause a possible tight supply in the Philippines, MinDA conducted an inventory of available rice supply in the different provinces of Mindanao,” Piñol said.
Based on the numbers, MinDA will ask LGUs to link up and help one another in ensuring stable supply of food, especially rice as part of the Self-Sustaining Food Supply Strategy (SSFSS).
SSFSS aims to ensure that LGUs are able to quantify their current food supply inventory and identify possible sources of food supply.
“Basically, it is a strategy aimed at identifying each province’s strengths in food production and weaknesses in food consumption and create a complementary relationship among all provinces in Mindanao,” Piñol said.
Under SSFSS, LGU chief executives will be asked to design and implement a Municipal or Provincial Food Security Action Plan; conduct an inventory and Quantify existing supplies of basic food commodities like rice, eggs, poultry, meat and fruits like banana; identify individuals or groups which could undertake sustained food production; encourage families, especially those confined to their farms, to undertake simple food production activities like vegetable growing and backyard chicken raising by distributing seeds and breeding materials for chicken; among others.
LGUs will also be tasked to utilize locally produced food commodities i.e. fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, rice, pork, meat for calamity assistance, thus creating a localized market for farmers’ and fishermen’s produce whose distribution is impaired by the existing lockdowns;