THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will continue to encourage hog raisers in the Visayas to supply surplus pork to the “National Capital Region (NCR) Plus bubble.”
Agriculture Secretary William Dar assured the country has enough food supply despite the pandemic.
“As the country continues to face and surmount the challenges due to the pandemic, we should not relax with the ‘business-as-usual’ attitude. Instead, let us continue to conquer the threat of hunger with innovations and strategies coupled with decisive actions, for the benefit of all our countrymen,” Dar said in a statement.
Despite mobility restrictions due to the enhanced and general community quarantine (ECQ/GCQ) status in Metro Manila and other provinces, the country continues to enjoy sufficient supply of basic food commodities, DA said.
For rice, the country’s main staple, the DA forecasts a 2021 year-end stock good for 75 days. The DA aims to produce another record harvest of 20.4 million metric tons (MMT) of palay, one MMT more than last year’s bumper yield.
The supply situation for other major food commodities — that include vegetables, chicken, and fish — is likewise favorable, Dar said.
“With this favorable outlook, the DA — in continued, strong partnerships with farmers’ and fishers’ groups, local government units (LGUs), and the private sector — will continue to implement programs and initiatives to further boost food production,” he said.
He reiterated his instructions to the DA Regional Field Offices to ensure the continuous delivery of surplus farm, livestock, and fishery products to the “NCR plus bubble,” through farmers’ cooperatives and associations and through the Kadiwa outlets.
He also renewed his appeal to the Philippine National Police and LGUs to allow the unhampered movement of farmers, fishers, and other essential workers in the food value chain. (JOB)