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Martin Romualdez to host Manila Golf dinner for onion farmers and supermarket and fast food chain execs

Former Congressman Martin Romualdez is hosting dinner for local onion farmers and executives of the country’s biggest grocery and fast food chains.

“At 7 p.m. tonight, Nueva Ecija’s onion farmers will break bread with the biggest names in the food distribution in a place many of them may not even have dreamed of having dinner – the multi-millionaires playground of the Manila Golf Club in Forbes Park,” Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said in a post on his Facebook page.

He said the meeting was arranged by Presidential Adviser of Economic Affairs Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo’s Ginggay Hontiveros. Romualdez is a member of the Kapatid Group of Go Negosyo.

Several groceries and fast food chains had earlier committed to directly buy onions and garlic from local farmers, skipping middle men and traders who have been squeezing farmers dry for ages.

While institutional buyers such as groceries and fast food chains do not pay cash on delivery and pay for their puchases on a term of 30 or 45 days, the DA is working out an arrangement to provide farmers working capital and not have to survive on a hand to mouth existence.

“The DA, through the agencies under it, could very well play the role of a bridge connecting the farmers and the institutional buyers,” Piñol said. “There are agencies under the DA which could provide the financing and revolving fund for their associations so that farmers will be able to get the payment for their produce right away.”


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