DA urges revival of Kadiwa stores
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said government should act to bring agricultural produce closer to the market so as to block traders from playing a role in thriving prices of commodities up.
“It is actually GREED by unscrupulous traders and middlemen, who have found a scapegoat in the new tax program, which causes the stiff hike in the prices of commodities,” Piñol said in a Facebook post.
The official was responding to news reports in which the new tax program was identified as the culprit for higher fish prices which is said to now cost an average P300 in the wet markets across Metro Manila and elsewhere.
This degree of increase in prices, Piñol said is “a staggering and scandalous 120% gross profit” for the traders and middlemen.
As such, the Agriculture chief suggested that the government reopen Kadiwa stores through which low-income earners can buy farm produce at a cheaper price.