THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is urging consumers and local government units (LGUs) to buy food enough for their weekly requirements to maintain balance in the food supply chain during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “Let’s not ...
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is urging consumers and local government units (LGUs) to buy food enough for their weekly requirements to maintain balance in the food supply chain during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
He earlier said the country had enough basic commodities, such as rice, meat, fish and vegetables.While the DA appreciates the initiatives of LGUs to procure produce directly from farmers for their constituents, Dar suggests that they limit their procurement of rice to what is required by their respective area.
“We would like to assure the public that we have prepositioned enough rice stocks in the country. As long as LGUs would not buy beyond their weekly requirement, our supply will not be depleted,” he said.The Agriculture chief also said the National Food Authority would continue to secure whatever local farmers and cooperatives harvest, and step up milling operations to maintain the ideal rice buffer stock level.
“We will see to it that the price of rice in the market will be guided by the prices before the enhanced community quarantine started,” Dar said, adding that his department would also freeze prices of both local and imported rice.He also said there was no reason for consumers to panic, as his department had ensured the accessibility of fresh and affordable commodities, particularly in urban areas, through its
Kadiwa ni Ani at Kitaproject.“We have our DA regional field offices moving around provinces, ensuring the movement of food supply from production areas to the markets. We are seeing to it that trucking is not impeded and that basic food items remain affordable,” Dar said.
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases recently approved the proposal for farmers, fishermen, agribusinesses and other agriculture stakeholders to be considered as frontliners in the country’s fight against Covid-19. Read more: The Manila Times »
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