CEBU CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Central Visayas (DA-7) has urged local government units (LGUs) in Cebu to craft or revisit their own localized Food Security Plan (FSP) for food sufficiency.
DA-7 Regional Executive Director Lawyer Salvador Diputado on Friday said local chief executives need to have their FSP for them to know if they are a food-secure municipality.
Diputado said the FSP is the umbrella of the DA that will guide implementers on the food needs of their respective areas by aligning their priority programs and interventions to the national programs and the actual needs of their farmers.
The FSP provides information and data on a town’s total population, consumption needs of the populace per commodity, existing crops present in the locality, crop and livestock production, areas planted and production yield as well as the existing and potential areas for growing food, and the needed production interventions, he added.
“With these available data and information, the LGUs can identify if they have surplus or deficit on agricultural commodities,” Diputado said in a statement.
He also shared that the FSP will help identify possible sources of food if a certain municipality cannot produce enough for its population.
Diputado further encouraged LGUs to enact ordinances to help address food production as well as environmental protection. One ordinance he requested is the establishment of a rainwater impounding system.
Impounding the rainwater will prevent or lessen street flooding. It will also serve as potable drinking water and for the watering of plants and other agri-related activities.
The DA-7 chief also asked for other ordinances such as the single-use of plastic and the buy-back scheme of farmers’ produce. He explained that the LGUs will give incentives to its constituents by buying the plastic bottles in the form of cash or in-kind.
“With this, you have already implemented the Solid Waste Management and at the same time help your people earn,” he added.
“On the buy-back scheme, since you have campaigned for the establishment of the Gulayan sa Barangay or edible landscaping under the Plant, Plant, Plant Program, all produce of your farmers, you (LGU) will buy and sell it to the markets. When you buy directly to farmers at a price set by the LGUs based on current market price, you are now trimming down the layers of commissioners and your consumers will enjoy a much cheaper price of commodities,” Diputado said.
On the concern of fund source, the LGU can tap their cooperatives to manage the buying and selling of produce. The DA can also assist the cooperatives avail of financial loan assistance through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council, he said. (PNA)