LEYTE– The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 8 actively participated in the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita: A Gardening & Fresh Local Produce Fair by Women at the Exhibit Area, 2/F Robinsons North Tacloban, Tacloban City. The fair ran from March 18 to 21.
It is “all systems go” for the women exhibitors for the festive event, with buntings and carts filled with fresh and processed commodities from the farm.
Commodities vary from fresh and salted eggs, bananas, different fruits and vegetables, sticky rice, ube, brewed coffee, vinegar, handicrafts made of indigenous products, miniature plants, fish products, among other things.
A total of 10 women’s associations from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA – Leyte, DA – Agribusiness Marketing and Assistance Division (AMAD), DA Region 8’s SAAD Program, and individual micro-entrepreneurs participated in the event.
SAAD beneficiaries who participated in the said event earned a total of Php 58,036.
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About the event
The activity celebrates hardworking women–farmers and their families who support their husbands to bring additional income to the family.
It is held in conjunction with the annual commemoration of Women’s Month, which is usually observed every March, with the theme: “Juana, Bida Ka sa Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita,” and sub-theme: “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya! #WomenMakeChange.”
During the program, DA Secretary William D. Dar delivered his virtual Message of Support exhorting women to produce more to benefit, not only the consuming public, but also their families and associations.
The farmers strive to earn alternative income in the face of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and African Swine Fever (ASF) that devastated the country’s hog industry. According to him, this marketing vehicle will be continued by improving on their logistical and funding requirements.
The opportunity to engage in the fair is a boon to the women–farmers who are struggling to earn alternative income to tide over their family’s finances due to increasing prices of almost all food items, services, and household expenses.
It also poses a continuing challenge to them to improve on the quality of their products, stabilize pricing, look for viable markets, and level up their marketing and entrepreneurial skills.
Michael F. Dabuet, Writer, RAFIS/SAAD Program
Jemiema Arro, SAAD NPMO, PR and Communication Officer