The Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar urges stakeholders to strengthen the farm to market linkages to ensure food supply amid Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“The best way to sustain stable prices of agriculture and fishery commodities and food products is to have a continuous and unhampered movement of such goods from origin to the markets much more in Metro Manila and other metropolis,” Dar said.
“With most businesses now at a standstill, it is important now, more than ever, that we join hands in ensuring there will be stable, affordable and safe food on our tables,” Dar added.
Moreover, DA issued the Memorandum Circular 9, extending the imposition of unhampered movement of all cargoes, agriculture and fishery inputs, food products, and agribusiness personnel nationwide, especially those coming from Visayas and Mindanao to Luzon, and vice versa.
Respectively, Dar emphasized to understand the need to strengthen farm to market linkages, especially in Luzon which food supplies are from dependent from outside regions.
Moreover, last March 18, DA, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Health (DOH) imposed a 60-day price free due to COVID-19.
“The success of the price freeze and suggested retail price on agri-fishery products and basic necessities would depend largely on the free and unhampered movement of food supplies, Dar mentioned.
“It’s law of supply and demand. Stabilization of prices will only be possible if there is enough supplies in the markets. This is exactly why the unhampered movement of food supplies should be one priority in this war against Covid-19, else, all our efforts will be in vain if we have nothing to feed our people,” he added.