The City Agriculture Office (CAgO) has launched the Agri-Kadiwa Malaybalay project on February 8, 2021. This is in collaboration with the Malaybalay City Organic Farmers Association (MACOFA) and Malaybalay City Agripreneurs Association.
Kadiwa, which stands for “Katuwang sa Diwa at Gawa para sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita” is a marketing strategy of the Department of Agriculture that directly links the food producers to the consumers, thereby reducing the cost of the products. This is the same as the Agri-Merkado launched last April 21, 2020, the difference is that this time it promotes the products of organic farmers and Agri-preneurs in the city.
Agri-Kadiwa Day is scheduled every Monday and Tuesday starting February 8, 2021 at the Organic Showroom inside the CAgO’s Compound.
All the products for sale comprised of fresh and naturally grown commodities, processed goods, natural feeds and fertilizers, seedlings, and flowers. This project urges the farmers in the city to promote organically grown commodities and to add value to their products.
City employees and nearby residents, while observing the safety protocols of Covid-19, are encouraged to patronize the products of the Agri-Kadiwa.
Among the organic farmers and agri-preneurs who have sold their goods during the soft opening were Ms. Flor C. Cordero of Barangay Linabo, Mr. Jun Leo Gallego of Barangay Patpat, Ms. April Malatamban of Simaya, Mr. Juvanie C. Daliton of Barangay Capt. Angel, Ms. Everly G. Ampalaya of Barangay Sinanglanan, Mr. Edgardo Villamayor of EMV Diversified Farm, Ms. Jennie Bolawit of Te Jenn Food Products, Ms. Tadeth Lapetaje of Tadea’s Delicacy, Mr. Ted Quemado of Mushroom City, and Mr. Renato Valderama of Organic Livestock & Poultry Feeds & Supplements.
Report by: GECEL QUINQUIÑO-OCON, NADA-COA