Kadiwa Trade Fair  Brings Ray Of Hope  To Consumers, Farmers
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Kadiwa Trade Fair Brings Ray Of Hope To Consumers, Farmers

Jun 19, 2024, 7:35 AM
OpinYon News Team

OpinYon News Team

News Reporter

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – In a time where inflation and economic pressures strain household budgets, the "Kadiwa ng Pangulo" trade fair has emerged as a beacon of hope for consumers and farmers alike.

Launched in conjunction with the 126th Independence Day celebration, this initiative has provided a much-needed platform for buying and selling affordable agricultural products and locally produced non-food items.

Maybelle Naluis, a teacher at the Antique National School, expressed her gratitude for the fair. 

Along with her cousin Edsel, Naluis found a significant difference in the prices of essential goods such as red rice and vegetables. For instance, red rice, which typically costs between P65 to P70 per kilo in the market, was available for just P55 per kilo at the trade fair. This price difference is not just a marginal saving; it represents a substantial financial relief for many families who are striving to make ends meet.

Plethora Of Options

The variety of products available at the fair is commendable. 

From freshly harvested fruits like mangoes and rambutan to processed food items like camote chips and turmeric ginger brew, the trade fair offers a plethora of options. 

Moreover, the availability of dressed chicken and fruit tree seedlings caters to a diverse range of consumer needs, enhancing the fair's appeal.

One of the most laudable aspects of the Kadiwa initiative is its dual impact. 

On one hand, it provides consumers access to fresh, affordable produce, thus easing their financial burdens. On the other hand, it supports local farmers by providing them with a direct sales platform. 

This symbiotic relationship is essential for fostering a sustainable local economy. Naluis aptly noted that buying from the Kadiwa is not just a matter of personal benefit but also a form of support for the farmers, helping them to sell their products directly to consumers.

Forward-Thinking Approach

The educational component of the trade fair, spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA), further enriches this initiative. 

By distributing information and campaign materials, the OPA is empowering farmers and fisherfolk with knowledge on new technologies and practices that can enhance their productivity. 

This forward-thinking approach ensures that the benefits of the Kadiwa initiative extend beyond immediate economic relief and contribute to long-term agricultural development.

The plan to hold a monthly Kadiwa trade fair at the Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park is a strategic move that promises sustained benefits for the community. 

Regular access to affordable goods will continuously alleviate economic pressure on consumers, while providing consistent support to farmers. This initiative is a model of how government-led programs can effectively bridge the gap between agricultural producers and urban consumers.

Collective Effort

In conclusion, the Kadiwa trade fair is more than just a marketplace. It is a lifeline for many ilocal residents. 

It embodies the spirit of community and mutual support, demonstrating how local governance can play a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life for its citizens. 

As we celebrate our independence, the Kadiwa trade fair reminds us of the power of collective effort and the importance of supporting local economies. This initiative is a shining example of progress and hope, one that other regions would do well to emulate.

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