Fresh produce up for grabs as UP climate group launches farmers market


Posted at Sep 26 2019 05:27 PM

MANILA - Consumers will get a chance to buy products directly from farmers around the country on Thursday and Friday at University of the Philippines Diliman.

"Bagsakan: A Farmers Market" will be at the CASAA grounds and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is accompanied by a book launch, "Imperialist Plunder of Philippine Agriculture" on Thursday that will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Organized by the Global Climate Strike Diliman -- an alliance of UP student organizations, environmental groups, student councils, UP agencies, and mass organizations -- the event eyes to help impoverished farmers.

"This model of commerce skips the middleman and gives farmers a wider margin of profit for their labor," Global Climate Strike Diliman said in a statement.

Farmers have complained that the price of palay has dropped to P7 to P11 a kilo due to a flood of cheap rice imports.

The Rice Tariffication Law, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in February, removed the cap on rice imports and allotted P10 billion from tariffs to aid farmers every year.