In these trying times, Filipino farmers are in need of support to monetize and distribute their crops. The effect of Enhanced Community Quarantine has set its move to deliver tons of vegetables in various parts of Manila.
In fact, twenty-five tons of upland vegetables were donated to indigent Manila families from Tublay and other municipalities in Benguet.
This was made possible by Caritas Manila, who recently brought them to Pandacan amid the trucking problems faced by the Agriculture Department (DA) and Tublay LGU in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
More than 5,000 vegetable relief packages from three farmers’ associations, consisting of more than 190 farmers, were funded by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), which Caritas Manila has allocated as part of efforts to alleviate the plight of indigent Manila communities.
The shipment was made against a backdrop of plunging vegetable prices in the vegetable trading posts of Benguet, as ordinary traders have found it increasingly difficult to manage the trucking demands arising from the enhanced community quarantine along trade routes.
To support this with agricultural harvest in full swing this summer season, the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program for farmers-trainees from SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) is finding creative ways to process raw vegetables and sell crops during the enhanced Group quarantine (ECQ).
RiceUp – a social enterprise initiative aimed at empowering Philippine farmers and enabling them to communicate directly with customers – is also working closely with farmers trainees from SMFI and KSK to promote the purchasing of KSK’s Pampanga goods.
While, KSK strives to elevate the lives of Filipino communities at the grassroots level through sustainable agriculture through technology transfer, product creation, and farm-to-market interconnection.
Bayanihan is seen from these unprecedented times and let this be a growing community that supports the local farmers in line with their unwavering efforts to serve the filipino consumers in need.
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