Quirino Governor Dakila Cua offers his province’s farm produce to direct buyers to help link farmers to the market.
Due to the covid-19 outbreak, sales of their farmers have adversely been affected because buyers either cancelled or reduced the volume of their orders, which have resulted in undisposed and wasted harvests.
“It is really an emotional sight to see all those tomatoes wasted. That is where the tuition fees of their children come from and this is the livelihood of our people here in) Sierra Madre and they’re toiling at their best to earn a livelihood,” he said.
Cua said the price of tomatoes in Quirino has dropped significantly. They used to sell at P15 per kilo, then dropped to P4.00. Happily, they’re now recovering to around P12 per kilo. He noted.
The governor said the provincial government helped link the farmers to direct buyers and at the same time shorten the process and eliminate middlemen for buyers to have an open line to the farmers.
He called on local governments in Metro Manila and other provinces who may be interested to buy directly from their farmers.