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PGIN to help Ilokano farmers sell surplus crops via 'Kadiwa'

by PGIN-CMO

Apr. 15, 2020 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has pledged to help Ilokano farmers sell their surplus crops through the Kadiwa Express Program.

Due to the ongoing enhanced community quarantine amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the oversupply of produce becomes a hurdle to farmers in Luzon.

In a press conference last April 13, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc remarked: "We are hoping that we can buy produce from our farmers. Umiikot ang Kadiwa [Express] sa mga bayan ngayon. Most of our goods and produce in Kadiwa Express are sourced locally."

The Kadiwa Express ensures a 10% profit of farmers, while buyers can purchase basic commodities at a cheaper price compared to the prevailing market rate.

"For our farmers who have a surplus na hindi nila mabenta, pwedeng naming bilhin at ibenta sa ibang bayan. We can assist in marketing— finding a market for them whether it be to other provinces or other places," he added.

To further help farmers cope with their loss of income, Governor Marcos Manotoc noted that the Provincial Government is looking ways to assist them in their production site by providing various agri-inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and sprayers.