Cebu Citty – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR Region 7) has tied up with its mother agency, Department of Agriculture, to make the fishery products from Barangay Pasil landing center available to customers outside Cebu City.
Through the program dubbed “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita,” the DA and BFAR partnership intends to assist the affected local fish vendors sell their products in Mandaue City.
In this way, fish vendors could have a better market to sell their products.
Selected fish vendors, who are identified by the Cebu City Government – Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries, will have a chance to display their products at DA regional office in Estancia, Mandaue.
The DA-initiated “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” food market opens every Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting this week, BFAR Region 7 will be deploying its reefer van to ferry the fish products from Cebu to Mandaue.
To recall, fish vendors from Pasil, Cebu City sought assistance from BFAR Region 7 as they are reportedly suffering from the slow fish trade at the landing center and wet markets.
They alleged that fish traders, dealers and customers had a hard time entering Cebu City to purchase fishery products since stringent measures are being imposed in the city.
With this initiative, BFAR Region 7 seeks to assist fish vendors in improving their income, and help customers make the fish products available near them.
BFAR Region 7 aims to resolve the problem not only on food availability and accessibility but also on the affordability of the products.
The involved stakeholders have agreed that they will sell their products at suggested retail price.
This undertaking is adopted from DA’s program – Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita – that is a brainchild of Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
Kadiwa (KAtuwang sa DIwa at GaWA) is designed as a market system that sells primary agricultural goods at low prices to help marginal households.
Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita, on the other hand, is what DA seeks to realize – to yield bountiful harvest and to produce prosperous farmers and fisherfolks in the country. (PR)