by AM Susbilla

To ensure food availability and sufficiency during COVID-19 crisis, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the Department of Agriculture (DA) recommended measures across the country March 24, 2020.

According to DA-WV Director Remelyn R. Recoter the protocols on Enhanced Community Quarantine were adopted and implemented by the IATF nationally as recommended by Sec. William D. Dar specifically allowing healthy farmers and farm workers, fishers and agribusiness personnel to continue all farming, fishing and other agricultural activities in their locality.

Recoter said that observance of social/physical distancing, employing skeletal workforce, sanitation and hygiene and wearing of protective mask at the respective work places are followed.

Likewise, agricultural supply stores and veterinary clinic should also continue to operate for stable source of farm necessities and maintaining the health of food-producing animals.

The Local Government Units (LGUs) assure of the unhampered movement of all cargoes, agriculture and fishery inputs, food products, and agribusiness personnel nationwide in accordance to DA memorandum Circular No.9, series of 2020.

Meanwhile, the Local Price Coordination Council (LPCC) is reactivated to strengthen the price monitoring and enforcement of prime commodities and food supply.

In support to DA Program – Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat (ALPAS) kontra COVID-19, stakeholders should upscale the existing KADIWA ni Ani at Kita for food availablility, accessibility and price stability.