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The Medina administration announces it is sourcing from local farmers for government relief efforts. But the National Campesino Movement (Farmer’s Movement) that groups small and medium-sized farms is calling on the government to purchase their harvests. The movement says they have lost markets for their produce. Most of the crops harvested by these farmers are staples, such as tubers (ñame, yautia), vegetables (leafy lettuce, carrots, other salads), as well as rabbits, poultry, pork, and dairy. According to the spokesperson, many crops are being lost because there are no stable prices or markets at this time.
Because of the crisis, farmers are being asked to pay for their own supplies in cash, and this makes things even more difficult. The movement asked the Ministry of Agriculture to increase the number of farmers in the program that plows the farmer’s fields...