BAGUIO CITY, April 16(PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture - Cordillera and the city government of Baguio opened another business opportunity to support local farmers and entrepreneurs of the City and the nearby towns of Benguet.
DA-CAR OIC-Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey and Baguio City Veterinary and Agriculture Office represented by Marcelina Tabelin led the untying of the ribbon to kick off the Kadiwa trade fair at Session Road last April 11.
The Kadiwa trade fair features 76 booths installed in the whole stretch of Session Road. 12 of these are DA-CAR assisted farmers cooperatives, groups and associations. They display and sell their products which include food items like vegetables, fruits, processed foods and snacks and other non-food items such as plants, arts and crafts, every Sundays for the whole month of April 2021.
Spearheaded by DA-CAR's Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, the Kadiwa Program is aimed at making food available and affordable to the public especially at this time of pandemic. It is a brainchild of Secretary William Dar where the DA provides logistical and administrative support to farmers and fishers through their organizations, to directly sell their produce to the public through the different modalities of Kadiwa.
Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in 2020, the program has since been fine-tuned to serve more consumers in urban areas and improve market linkages between them and the farmer-producers.
Odsey encouraged the local communities to patronize the farmers' produce. By doing so, they get hold of nutrient-filled products that are much needed to keep the body strong and healthy especially in this current situation.
The event is also in line with the National Filipino Food Month celebration as per Presidential Proclamation No.469, s.2018 with the main objective to promote, preserve, and ensure the transmission of vast Filipino culinary tradition, as well as to provide support to farmers, fishers, and the agri and aquacultural communities as a whole.
Since March 2021, Mayor Benjamin Magalong has been authorizing the temporary closure of both lanes of Session Road for the conduct of Sunday market showcase activities to help the local entrepreneurs particularly those from the micro small and medium enterprises and at the same time provide the public with homegrown products. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)