Aiming to provide local farmers with direct market linkage and to make agricultural products more affordable to the public, the Department of Agriculture-Western Visayas (DA-WV) in partnership with Capiz Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CAPELCO) launched the KADIWA ni Ani at Kita market outlet in Roxas City last August 21, 2021.
DA-WV Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter, CAPELCO Board of Director for Roxas City Estephen Elson Londres, and Institutional Department Head Engr. Jovencio Villagracia led the ribbon-cutting ceremony and signing of a memorandum of agreement.
Agri-fishery products from different towns of Capiz such as organically-grown fruits, vegetables, root crops, herbs, dried fish, and other agricultural processed goods will be sold at lower prices to consumers on Saturdays twice a month.
“The KADIWA ni Ani at Kita is the primary program of Department of Agriculture under the leadership of Secretary William Dar where we are helping our partners to increase their income in collaborating with the local government units and private companies by bringing the produce of the farmers closer to them,” Recoter said.
DA partnered farmer-group exhibitors are Eddsring Farm of Dumalag, Capayao Integrated Farmers Association of Panitan, Dads Farm of Maayon, Ebangz Mushroom of Maayon, Martin’s Farm of Panitan, and Lorna’s Gourmet Products of Dumulog, Roxas City.
“Daku guid nga pribilehiyo nga nabaton kami diri. Iba guid ang amun benta diri kumparar nga mag deliver kami. Sa sini nga event, damo guid ya ga kadto nga tawo. Damo guid kami diri ma meet kag naka bakal guid sila sang amun produkto,” said Rossaly Galicia, a vegetable grower-exhibitor of Capagao Integrated Farmers Association in Panitan, Capiz.
On the opening day of the market outlet, the six farmer-group exhibitors generated a total income of ₱46,100.00.
Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita activity has been helping small farmers associations and cooperatives sell directly their produce to the consumers since the onset of Covid-19 pandemic up to this time. (A.M.S. Tabura/DA-RAFIS6)