Consumers here got an opportunity to buy fresh, affordable, and quality agricultural products in an accessible area.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, brought on Friday the “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” at the Phoenix Gasoline Station in Barangay Cutcut to target clients of the gasoline station, as well as passers-by.
This is the first time that the DA had set up an outlet at a gasoline station in Central Luzon, where farmers and cooperatives directly bring their products and sell to consumers.
The outlet is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Among the products on sale include squash from Talugtog, Nueva Ecija; fried itik (duck), salted eggs, fresh mushroom, mushroom chips, sweet corn, and fresh meat from Candaba; balut, vinaigrette, and other products from Sta. Rita; fresh marine products from Sasmuan; assorted lowland vegetables and fruits of Handpicked Harvest Trading Inc. from Magalang.
Highland vegetables from the Cordillera were also made available.
The dry goods, vegetables, fruits, and processed products were placed in the gasoline station’s premises with the permission of gasoline station owner Betsy Ayson.
The wet and cooked products, on the other hand, were placed on the other side of the road as permitted by the local government unit.
Carmencita Nogoy, the senior agriculturist of the DA-Regional Field Unit III, said the agency will continuously conduct Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita in different communities in the region to help farmers get the best prices for their goods while providing affordable, safe, and nutritious food to the consumers.
Meanwhile, Dahlia Sta. Ana, one of the passers-by, said the outlet is a convenient place to shop and offers various agricultural products at affordable prices.
Sta. Ana said they opted to buy from the outlet instead of queuing in supermarkets.
“Anyone who stops by to fill up on fuel, or even those who are just walking from home can buy fresh and affordable vegetables, fruits, and other products,” she said.
The Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita has been going around the province and in Bulacan to bring agri-fishery products to communities due to movement restrictions amid the pandemic. (PNA)