Aggie chief Piñol accepts part of the blame for veggie sale snafu
With the rising costs of vegetables in the market because of scarce supply, the Department of Agriculture (DA) recently held an open market event where farmers from the provinces were given a chance to sell their products at a lower cost to Metro Manila buyers.
The TienDA event was supposed to be an opportunity for Metro Manila consumers to purchase cheaper vegetables and give the farmers an avenue to earn income but what resulted from the event was less than ideal.
It was reported that many market goers simply walked off without paying for their purchases and left the farmers’ stalls casually as if nothing had happened.
“I felt so sad and so disappointed that farmers who labored so hard and took pains to offer their produce at very low prices were shortchanged by some heartless people,” he said and acknowledged that his department also shares part of the blame for failing to protect the farmers who were overwhelmed the volume of people who came to the event.
He however, assured that they will be implementing a better system in future TienDA events and will assist the farmers so that they won’t be cheated again by non-paying shoppers. (ANGEL ONG)