DA to use boats in delivering fresh goods anywhere in the country
The Department of Agriculture (DA) plans to use locally built boats to deliver fresh and more affordable farm produce to various areas in the country.
DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said food delivery network in the country reaches only a limited market given the cost of transporting the products, among other factors.
“We should move food to all communities, where ordinary people live. Our problem isn’t availability but the positioning of food,” he said. “Middlemen’s inclusion in the supply chain is also making food expensive, since their fees are factored into prices.”
He said helping farmers directly market their produce would enable people to access lower-priced food and help the farmers at the same time.
Piñol said the boats would have refrigeration facilities and should be locally made, noting that Filipinos have been building boats long before Spain conquered the Philippines, he said.
Two multi-mission offshore vessels (MMOVs) of DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources were built in the country, he added.
The vessels, named MMOV Lapu-lapu and MMOV Francisco Dagohoy, were made to help the government stop illegal fishing and poaching by foreign vessels in Philippine waters, Piñol said. (PNA)