Food augmentation drive strengthened

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    By JED MACAPAGAL and JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR

    The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) leased shipping vessels that would help transport food products from Soccsksargen, Davao Region and other parts of Mindanao.

    Eduardo Gongona, BFAR national director, said at least six shipments will be made per month for the next two months or until the prices of pork in Metro Manila stabilize.

    Aside from extending logistics assistance, the DA has tapped fish suppliers in Mindanao to supply Metro Manila consumers at a reasonable price.

    Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said at least 2,000 live hogs arrived in Vitas, Tondo in Manila yesterday from South Cotabato to augment the supply of pork in Metro Manila.

    In an interview with PTV4, Roque said the hogs will be distributed to wet markets as the government continues to source pork from Visayas, Mindanao and some parts of Luzon to address the needs of the capital.

    The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) in a statement expressed support to the DA’s moves to bring down the cost of food items in the market.

    Henry Lim Bon Liong, FFCCCII president, said loans to market vendors and financial aid to hog transporters as well as the assistance for commercial hog raisers to repopulate in their areas are very positive steps to boost hog production.

    Meanwhile, the Agricultural Credit Policy Council partnered with digital solutions provider IOT Technology for the AgriKonek app, an online marketplace and inventory tool for farmers and fishers.