SM allots underutilized spaces free of charge for farmers and cooperatives
Farmers and cooperatives will have a chance to directly sell their produce at select SM malls, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
This, after DA, together with Resto PH, a group of restaurant owners with outlets situated at various malls and SM Supermalls, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a joint project called the “Farmers Produce”.
The project aims to provide livelihood support on farmers and fishers and help in rebooting the restaurant industry amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the agreement, SM will provide underutilized spaces free of charge for farmers and cooperatives for the selling of their local produce including herbs and seedlings, dairy products, condiments and seasonings, local beverages, and wines.
The “Farmers Produce,” which was launched on Friday at SM Aura Premier’s Skypark, hopes to extend accessible and affordable food for consumers through a venue that is safe for the public where health protocols are strictly observed by mall operators.
On Friday, Resto PH members prepared various menus utilizing farmers’ produce.
The activity included Cada Farmers Agriculture Cooperative for highland vegetables, L. Sanchez Farm for lowland vegetables, Liwon Namal Farmers Tomato Association, Optimum Health Poultry and Livestock Farm Corporation, National Dairy Authority, Pasciolco Agri Ventures for coconut-based condiment, Balai Kabute Farm, and Mira’s Turmeric Products.
Vikings, Terry’s, Teriyaki Bros., Eggs & Breakfast Café, King Chef, 102 Izakaya, Mamou, Tasteless group, Bag o Shrimps, JT’s Manukan, Mango Tree, Genki Sushi, Kureji, Cocina Peruvia, and Sen Ryo are among the current partners too.
The “Farmers Produce” is open to the public from Friday to Sunday, but the DA plans to open more outlets up to seven days a week in other malls nationwide.