Agriculture dept. launches online marketplace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) — The Department of Agriculture has launched a website where people can buy fresh produce.

Those interested may place their orders via eKadiwa.da.gov.ph.

“Through eKadiwa, we strengthen our commitment to providing every Filipino family a convenient and easier way to buying fresh, nutritious, and safe food products by simply using a mobile phone or computer,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement on Tuesday.

The eKadiwa project has two merchants so far: AgriNurture, Inc. or ANI and Zagana.com, which sell avocados, ampalaya, Baguio beans and bananas.

The goods will be delivered via Mober, Inc., but “other transport and delivery service providers like Lalamove and Grab have signified joining the eKadiwa project," the department said.

Currently, eKadiwa covers Metro Manila, but the DA said they will expand to other major urban areas nationwide.

It said consumers may pay cash or through bank transfer upon delivery of products.

Negotiations with commercial banks to settle payments via credit card are ongoing, it added.