TANTANGAN, South Cotabato- In this time that CoViD-19 pandemic has lessen the access to market, selected ATI 12 Learning Sites for Agriculture (LSA) along with some local farmers have earned Php 440k income through the help of KaDiWa.
KADIWA ni Ani at Kita on Wheels or Katuwang sa Diwa at sa Gawa para sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita is one of the programs of Department of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar in line with his New Thinking of Agriculture paradigm and a part of DA’s Food Security Program dubbed as Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) laban sa CoViD-19. Through this, poor Filipino households can now have the access to fresh agricultural goods at a very reasonable price.
Led by Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 12 (DA-RFO), the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita on Wheels is aimed at linking the farmers direct to the consuming public, ensuring that the farmers have a direct market of their produce while providing affordable, safe and nutritious food to the consumers.
In SOCCSSKARGEN Region, the roll of out of this mobile market has started last April 3, 2020 with its pilot area in the three (3) Barangays of Koronadal City, to wit: Barangay Sto. Niño, Rotonda and Esperanza. The wheels then travelled to Cotabato City, Kidapawan City, Maasim, and Isulan last April 3, 8, 15, 20, 22 and 30, respectively.
Consumers from Midsayap, Esperanza and Malapatan also enjoyed the fresh and affordable farm products as the mobile market reaches these towns last May 1, 6 and 8, respectively.
DA-RFO 12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Arlan Musa Mangelen said that this Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita on Wheels is an effective strategy of reaching out to the consumers amid the pandemic.
“Sa Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita, ang produkto ng ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda at dinadala natin sa market or isang strategic place kung saan nandun ang mga consumers. Sa ganitong paraan na may CoViD-19, ito ang panahon na applicable and Kadiwa lalung-
lalo na sa mga remote areas na nangangailangan ng basic commodities”, he said in an interview.
The KaDiWa is being participated by different DA attached and line agencies such as Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 12 (ATI-RTC 12), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), National Food Authority (NFA) and National Dairy Authority in coordination with local government units (LGUs) and other Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
ATI-RTC 12 deeply supports this program as the center helps the LSAs and local farmers sell their produce. Among the LSAs who participated were Sebul Farm from Lake Sebu, Umani Farm from Koronadal City, Marvellous Farm from Tantangan, Phoenix Larrel Agriventures Inc. from Koronadal City and Jomento Farm from Norala, South Cotabato.
The products for sale from these LSAs are calamansi juice, tomato, squash, okra, watermelon, native coffee, tablea, pickles, papaya, mungbean and tilapia.
Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an said that ATI-RTC 12 shall remain steadfast as DA’s support agency in conducting the KADIWA across the Region.
“ATI 12 commits to fully support the DA in the KADIWA program. It will be a big help not just for the consumers but also to our Learning Site Cooperators and local farmers”, he said.