TO augment the supply of vegetables, fruits, livestock and fishery products to Metro Manila, the Department of Agriculture (DA) yesterday launched its “Food Basket for Metro Manila Project” in San Mateo, Rizal.
DA Secretary William Dar said the project was launched in anticipation of the possible shortage of short-gestation crops in view of the billions of pesos worth of damages and losses in agricultural products brought by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.
Dar also disclosed that an initial budget of P2.5-million was allotted for the ‘Food Basket for Metro Manila Project’ that will be piloted in at least 110 hectares of rice and vegetable farm areas in San Mateo.
“This latest DA project will also cover other appropriate cities and municipalities in Rizal, including other nearby Region 4-A or Calabarzon provinces, surrounding Metro Manila,” said Dar.
He announced the project during a dialogue with San Mateo municipal officials led by acting Mayor Jose Rafael Diaz and farmers, who were affected by typhoon “Ulysses.”
Dar ordered DA Calabarzon Director Arnel de Mesa to start the project soonest so that the first vegetable harvest could be attained in time for the Christmas season.
He said the “Food Basket for Metro Manila Project” will not only ensure steady income for farmers and their families but also supply Metro Manilans with adequate and reasonably-priced vegetables and other farm, fishery and livestock products.