COTABATO CITY – The town government of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao has bought local farmers’ freshly harvested vegetables and packed it as relief goods for distribution to constituents affected by the crisis caused by the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Mayor Shameem Mastura said some 2,000 families from the villages of Katuli, Bulalo, and Salimbao are first to receive the nutritious goods which will be distributed on Saturday.
Each relief packs contains vegetables such as squash, string beans, cucumbers, and eggplants.
“This way we will be able to help the farmers make a profit during the quarantine, and at the same time we provide and sustain food supply for our constituents,” Mastura said.
The mayor stressed that the local government of Sultan Kudarat will maintain the practice during the duration of the quarantine season.
“This would also ensure the safety of the local farmers from the disease since they do not need to go to the market and sell their vegetables,” Mastura said.
The mayor has also purchased 8,000 dressed chickens and distributed it to 16,000 households in nine barangays of the municipality.
“We will purchase another 10,000 dressed chicken and distribute it to residents of other barangays,” the mayor said.
Mastura said he will also donate 30 cows from his cattle farm to be slaughtered and distributed per kilo to families in the municipality.
The town of Sultan Kudarat has a total of 36 villages.
“Since the start of the quarantine early March of this year, we already started our initial wave of relief distribution to our barangays,” Mastura said.
Mastura noted that about 90 percent of the barangays in the municipality have already been served since the local government unit’s first wave of relief operations. (PNA)