Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine last in March, P1.58 billion worth of farm and fishery products have been brought by local government units (LGUs) nationwide, according to the Department of Agriculture.

“[A]round 245 LGUs heeded our call to patronize the products of our farmers and fishers and make these part of food packs distributed to their constituents,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.

The LGU purchases, which included palay, milled rice, corn, vegetables, fruits, pork, chicken, fish, and even spices, were recorded by the DA’s Regional Field Offices (RFOs).

Dar cited the role of LGUs as “primary partners in cascading our sectoral interventions on production to consumption, marketing included.”

This result was achieved through stronger linkages between the farmers and fisherfolk and their markets, through the use of four food value chain clusters, namely Luzon A (CAR and Regions 1 to 3), Luzon B (Regions 4A, 4B, and 5), Visayas (Regions 6 to 8, and Mindanao (Regions 9 to 13). (Jojo Mangahis)

Source of preview image: Department of Agriculture