The Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar ensured the public that the Philippines has enough food supply amid COVID-19.
Moreover, Filipinos do not have to panic because food supply are accessible in public markets and any DA-initiated “KADIWA ni Ani at Kita” outlets, and “FishDA on the Go”.
“We call on the general public to buy only their daily or weekly food requirements and refrain from overstocking or panic buying,” Secretary said.
“We at the Department of Agriculture will ensure the sufficient and continuous supply of basic necessities and perishable commodities, and make these available in public markets, and Kadiwa stores for the benefit of all family households, particularly in depressed communities,” he added.
Respectively, Dar encourages the Filipinos to learn urban gardening to
For basic staple food like rice, NFA warehouse nationwide can provide enough supply for at least 80 days. Additional supplies will be provided by the incoming dry season harvests for the next 2-3 months.
Initiatives in Ensuring Enough Food Supply Amid COVID-19
“Further, to ensure readily available and affordable supply of other basic food commodities, we have gathered initial commitments from the private sector and DA regional offices to sufficiently supply the needs of Metro Manila residents, under our Food Resiliency Action Plan,” Dar mentioned.
The strategic positioning and efficient distribution of basic food commodities, including the monitoring of suggested retail prices of the same in public markets in Metro Manila were contained in the action plan.
“The food resiliency action plan will be further expanded and updated in partnership with the private industry, local government units, and farmers’ and fishers’ groups,” DA report stated.
“This is also an opportune time for Metro Manilans to consider engaging in food production via urban gardening or aquaculture in their respective backyards, verandas, roof tops, and designated areas in the barangay, school or community,” the DA Chief said.