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Link farmers with customers and end manipulation by traders: Solon

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To prevent traders who typically make more money, farmers should be given direct access to the market.

On Tuesday, Senator Cynthia Villar stated that it is time for the nation to alter the food value chain in order to increase farmer profits while lowering consumer costs.

Beginning in November of last year, the national government activated more Kadiwa depots to lower logistical costs and enhance agricultural infrastructure that will assure food security.

In less than two months, according to data from 2022, Kadiwa outlets provided services to 450 farmer organizations and 1.22 million households, producing PHP418 million in revenues from 19,383 farmer cooperatives and association and agricultural-fishery firms selling activities nationally.

‘Yung RCEF [Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund] sinabi ko sa PhilMech, ‘bigyan mo ng dryer and milling [equipment] para pag-produce niya, rice na siya tapos ‘yung coop nila can go to the store and malalaking tindera sa mga palengke na sila na ang magsu-supply dire (Under the RCEF, I instructed the PhilMech to provide [farmers] with dryer and milling machines so they can manufacture rice and their cooperative may travel to the supermarket and retailers in the market and supply them directly. They can make more money, and we can buy it for less. According to Villar, who spoke with us on Tuesday, the value chain is that.

The Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act, Republic Act 10845, which labels extensive agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage, is being modified, according to the Committee on Agriculture, which Villar leads.

“At this time, our solution is to amend large-scale agricultural smuggling to tighten the legislation and we will put [provisions] against cartel, profiteering, and hoarding,” Villar added. “In the future, even if we can’t cure the problem, we can at least minimize it,” the speaker said.

Villar recently stated that in order to deter dealers and importers from manipulating supply and demand, storage facilities should be made available to onion producers.

In order to assist local growers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said that it will construct six cold storage facilities this year in the onion-producing regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Mimaropa.

Costs for each plant with a 20,000 bag capacity could reach PHP40 million.

A PHP20 million facility was given to the Sapang Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Moncada, Tarlac, and two cold onion storage facilities with capacities of 10,000 and 20,000 bags, respectively, to farmers of Valiant Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Barangay Marcos Village, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

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