DA helps farmer cooperatives to supply agricultural products direct to fast food chains

DA helps farmer cooperatives to supply agricultural products direct to fast food chains

By Liezelle Soriano

Women’s Health photo courtesy

MANILA – Under the leadership of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the Department of Agriculture (DA) has eased the door for farmer cooperatives to enter the market and provide direct raw produce to fast food franchises.

Consultations between the DA Agribusiness and Marketing Services (AMAS) and stakeholders from the farming industry are being undertaken amid worries over the local supply of goods, particularly onions, to assist farmers in increasing their yield and meeting market demand.

Farmers, traders, and buyers of onions as well as onion producers voiced their opposition to the import of white onions at a meeting with the department.

“May paunang ani na po kami bago matapos ang Nobyembre, kapag binaha na naman po tayo ng importasyon, sadsad nanaman ang presyo ng mga itinanim naming mga magsasaka,” Bonena Cooperative President Israel Reyugal said.

Red and white onions have seen a large spike in price, according to price monitoring data. White onions were also noted to be unavailable in wet markets.

According to DA, based on their consultations, red onions are acceptable to household consumers. Institutional buyers on the other hand prefer white onions.

“Enhanced market facilitation and assistance in business development is the thrust of DA agribusiness and marketing alongside strengthening production support to help farmers improve their yield and meet market demand all year round,” DA said. (ai/mtvn)

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