By Armando B. Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY –The Mindanao Development Authority (MiNDA) has opened a ‘MinDATienda Portal or Buy & Sell Portal’ on June 18, to facilitate the marketing and trading of the farmer’s products

MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in a statement, the initiative aimed to help the farmers and fishermen recover from the adverse effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Piñol said buyers and producers will have to access https://www.mindatienda.com, while MinDA will help determine what products are needed in other parts of the country.

“Farmers and fishermen’s groups are encouraged to access this site where they could send a message that they have items to sell. They could also indicate the scheduled harvest of fruits like Durian, stating the expected harvest date and volume of production,” he said.

He also said MinDATienda will also post information and consolidate the orders, including the facilitation of shipment even to places outside of Mindanao.

Piñol said for producers from Luzon and Visayas who wanted to also sell their products to Mindanao consumers, the MinDATienda Portal will also assist them.

“By opening up this link, we are taking one step closer to the vision of establishing a food supply positioning system where a region with products in excess of its requirements would have a market in another area in the country where these products are in short supply,” he said.

He said that an efficient Food Supply Positioning System is the key to achieving Food Sovereignty which in turn will ‘unshackle from the dependence on imported food supplies.’

“I know that this idea has been scoffed at many times, and I was even ridiculed but believe me, the Philippines could be food sufficient if only our government will invest big in basic infrastructures like irrigation systems because there is no agriculture without water,” he said.

Piñol said if only they could give the food production programs the same budget they give to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the farmers and fishermen could produce more.

“When that happens, we will finally achieve the long dreamed food sufficiency,” he said.