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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, June 15, 2020
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Farmers sell produce
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Farmers in Negros Occidental can now sell their produce at the Petron gas station at B.S. Aquino Drive in Bacolod City every weekend.

The third “Negrense: Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” market of the provincial government and the Department of Agriculture in the city opened Saturday.

Remelyn Recoter, DA Region 6 director, said the site in Bacolod is the first in Western Visayas and outside Metro Manila.

She said this is in partnership with San Miguel Corp., the provincial government, and Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development to make the Petron gas station in the city an outlet for farmers to sell their produce amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

She added that the initiative started in Metro Manila, where the DA partnered with SMC to help farmers in Luzon.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said the Kadiwa market at Petron station will open every weekend, adding they will still observe how it will fare with the consumers.

“Hopefully, this will not be the last. The plan is to open another Kadiwa market in a Petron station that is strategically located in the city to help more farmers,” he said.

He said any farmer, even from out of town, can sell their produce at Kadiwa Market. The other sites were at the Negros Food Terminal and at May’s Garden.

In Western Visayas, the Kadiwa markets have generated P9.971 million in sales.

Sold at the Kadiwa markets regionwide are assorted lowland and highland vegetables, fruits, root crops, processed products, spices, rice, dairy and fishery products.*


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