DA 11 launches ‘Kadiwa Diskwento Caravan’

Workers from Unifrutti Shipping Group buy vegetables during the ‘Kadiwa Diskwento Caravan’ on Monday (May 3). (Photo courtesy of DA11)

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Agriculture Region 11 (DA 11) together with the Department of Trade and Industry Region 11 (DTI 11)  launched the Kadiwa Diskwento Caravan on Monday (May 3) in this city.

 DA11 in a statement on Tuesday said, the initiative is also in partnership with the Association of Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) and Unifrutti Tropical Philippines, Inc.

The Kadiwa Diskwento Caravan will run every 15th and 30th of the month. DA 11, DTI 11, and ALU-TUCP are now looking into establishing Kadiwa market outlets in other establishments to serve more employees while providing more market doors for farmers’ produce in the region.

The first to benefit the Kadiwa market outlet are the workers of Unifrutti Shipping Group who are able to avail the farmers’ produce from the far-flung areas in this city such as in the districts of Calinan, Marilog, and Paquibato.

DA11 regional director Ricardo Oñate, Jr. said the initiative will benefit both the farmers and consumers.

“We want to highlight our GROW LOCAL, BUY LOCAL, EAT LOCAL campaign. We deliver safe and affordable food right at your doorsteps while providing market access to our farmers’ produce in the hinterlands,” he said.

Oñate added that through the active partnership with the Davao City Agriculture Office and its partner coops, they were able to buy the farmers’ produce right at their farms thereby cutting their transportation cost and increasing additional income.

Meanwhile, Unifrutti Shipping Group head John Benito Jude Rabat thanked the participating agencies for establishing the said Kadiwa market outlet in their area.

“We thank you for bringing these products right to our doorstep. This would really benefit our workers here as they will not only save time and transportation costs  going to the market but avoid the risk of contracting the virus, keeping our workforce healthy and safe,” he added.