By Vina Medenilla
Due to the transportation ban brought about by the Enhanced Community Quarantine in a bid to help curb the spread of COVID-19, people have been discouraged from leaving their homes. To make food accessible for the public, the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched Kadiwa on Wheels along with the Kadiwa Market at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Quezon City.
Kadiwa on Wheels will be selling fresh vegetables and other agricultural products at a lower price while roaming parts of Caloocan, San Juan, and Quezon City. DA Secretary William Dar said that the commodities are 20 percent cheaper than the regular price in the markets. Kadiwa on Wheels will be going around via Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs). The daily schedule will be posted via the Facebook page of Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) [ https://www.facebook.com/Agri.AMAS/ ].
This mobile palengke just makes food accessible to communities but also helps local farmers earn from their harvests despite the difficulty of selling and transporting their produce from farm to market.
The DA assures the public that there will be enough supply of food, especially to Local Government Units (LGUs) who are obeying the protocol in the unhampered production and delivery of agricultural commodities to various areas in the country.
Farmers and producers interested in selling their commodities in Kadiwa market and Kadiwa on Wheels may go to their nearest DA regional offices to register.
Meanwhile, Kadiwa on Wheels has been implemented in the other regions as well, specifically in Bicol and Cagayan Valley.
For Kadiwa on Wheels in Bicol, you may contact Camsur Multi-Purpose Cooperative at 09176361238 and look for Yanee Benosa or 09120179804 for Elma Cuevas. For DA Cagayan Valley, you may contact +078 304 0562.
To comply with the Enhanced Community Quarantine protocol, buyers must wear masks and bring their own eco-bags. Social distancing shall also be observed.
Photos from AMAS, William Dar, and Camsur Multi-Purpose Cooperative.