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Local agriculture gets boost from supermarkets and hotels

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By Carlo P. Mallo |

In the next few days, more and more local products will be available in supermarkets, groceries, hotels and restaurants throughout the country.

The government has called on the private sector to patronize, sell, and use local agriculture and fishery products.

“The private sector’s commitment will provide the much-needed boost to promote local farm products versus imported ones, and subsequently encourage Filipino farmers to produce more and earn sustainable income,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said.

A meeting called for by the Department of Agriculture with the Philippine Association of Supermarkets Inc. (PASI), Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association Inc. (PAG-ASA), Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), and Rustan’s Supermarket, led to the consensus to arrest the influx of imported farm products, particularly onions in public markets and supermarkets.

The private sector said they are behind Secretary Alcala’s thrust to promote, sell and use Filipino farm and fishery products.

Lolet Fernandez of PASI said they prefer selling organic agricultural products. She was requested to provide a list of organic products which the DA will refer to interested suppliers, farmers’ groups and producers. Meanwhile, Eugene Yap of HRAP committed to provide the DA with the list of farm and fishery products and ingredients that hotels and restaurants require and consume, which farmers’ groups could supply on a regularly basis.

Alcala said the DA will spearhead a program to revive the country’s onion and garlic industry. The agiculture secretary added that his agency will also promote the production of local ‘Peking duck’ to supply the requirements of Chinese restaurants.

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