Manila, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have recently collaborated in pushing a digital market platform that is based on an end-to-end system between farmers and consumers.
The platform is called Deliver-E, and allows buyers to directly access agricultural products and other basic food items. As the system eliminates middlemen, products are sold fresh at low prices.
In a press statement, DA Secretary William Dar (depicted in the banner picture) pledged that the recent platform development is part of the department’s pledges for the agricultural sector, upscaling the agriculture value chain and improving overall food security in the country even beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
“With the sheer size of agricultural supply chains, only a multi-stakeholder approach to their management could free up the bottlenecks. This event sparks hope that many heads are coming together to assist key supply chain players with their technological needs and constraints. Online is the new byword of food security. We are fully embracing the digitalization of the agriculture sector as we journey towards the 4th Industrial Revolution, or Agriculture 4.0,” Secretary Dar stated.
Developed by tech startup Insight Supply Chain Solutions (InsightSCS), the platform has also received support from private sector partners, farmer cooperatives, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
DTI Secretary Mon Lopez commented, “Let us try to create a Better Normal where all Filipinos can enjoy the fruits of our country’s inclusive growth and shared prosperity for all.”