ROSALES, Pangasinan – SM is holding a trade fair for farmers in its three malls in the province of Pangasinan from Dec. 11 to 18 to further boost income of the agriculture sector workers amid the pandemic.
SM Center Dagupan mall manager Abraham Malicdem said Monday they have seen and experienced the effect of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the country, especially the local economy, and Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) trade fair is one of their measures to help the farmers.
The trade fair, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc., and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, offers free rent to the farmers as they exhibit produced fruits and vegetables and other products.
“It showcases the KSK farmer scholar’s produced fruits and vegetables, partner school’s locally made products, and partner government agencies’ products and services, organic fruits and vegetables, local delicacies, and Pangasinan made products,” SM public relations officer Kristine Joy Santiago said.
DA Ilocos regional office market specialist Corazon Valdez thanked SM for the opportunities it is providing the farmers through the partnership with national government agencies.
Valdez said some 20 farmer-exhibitors earned PHP181,104 in a Kadiwa sa Ani at Kita trade fair held on Nov. 20 to 22 at the SM City mall.
“Farmer-exhibitors sold PHP124,359 worth of their fresh and processed products and they were also able to book orders amounting to PHP56,745,” she added.
Valdez admitted they must have earned more if not due to the pandemic hence, the DA has been helping them through trade fairs in partnership with different malls in the province. (PNA)