To assure the agricultural sector of adequate supplies of fertilizer and pesticide at reasonable prices during the emergency situation brought by COVID-19 pandemic, the FPA CAR and FPA Region XII continues to conduct monitoring of establishments, prices and inventory of fertilizers and pesticides and ensure that f/p handlers observe Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) protocols.
This is in support to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) measures to sustain availability of food including important farm commodities and inputs while the ECQ is not yet lifted in any of the localities with cases of COVID-19 infection.
Aside from the usual monitoring of the handler’s good housekeeping practices, the window hour (opening and closing time) of establishments, the presence of disinfectants and sanitizers, social distancing, and the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), were also observed and enforced.
More than their continued operations, some of the handlers have been found to have donated food, PPE, and cash assistance coursed through fund raising organizers intended to support the frontliners.
The said FUs explained that the availability of farm inputs during the crisis makes it possible for the farmers to provide food to the communities under ECQ. // Rowena F. Billig and FPA X