The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Family are in the final stage of the plan to reopen family markets, as reported by the Secretary of Agriculture, agronomist Carlos Flores Ortega, and the Secretary of the Family, Orlando López Belmonte .
In the past few days, a videoconference meeting was held in four simultaneous locations where farmers participated, the mayor of San Sebastián, Javier Jiménez; ADSEF administrator Alberto Fradera 'and ADEA administrator agronomist Robert Bradley.
Agronomist Helga Méndez, ADEA Assistant Administrator of Agricultural Marketing, discussed the security measures plan and the new self-service concept which will make the participation of the public and participants in the PAN Card easier, faster and safer.
"The purpose of this new family market model goes beyond achieving sales of agricultural products and promoting an increase in food consumption fresh and healthy. Now we also have to incorporate the safety of all participants in the face of the new reality of coronavirus. What we want to achieve is a "virus-free" activity that will not close operations in the future and that we have peace of mind participating without greater concerns because security measures are sufficient and effective, "explained Flores Ortega
Meanwhile, López Belmonte indicated that he has already started the federal program ral in notice of the reopening and are aware of the proposed changes, so that 4% of the PAN benefit will begin to be used again for family markets in the month of July.
"It is the public policy of the Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced to ensure that all low-income families have access to quality food at affordable prices. By resuming the Family Markets, we not only assist families in the program, but all citizens have the opportunity to purchase fresh products harvested in Puerto Rico and made here, "explained the Secretary of the Family.
For his part, ADSEF administrator Alberto Fradera Vázquez reported that the reopening begins in late July with at least two regions out of the ten that make up the Department of the Family impacting approximately 172,837 families in the regions that intend to resume work. Family members allocate 4% of the PAN grant, which approximately contributes $ 35.5 million to the purchase of fresh food harvested on the Island.
The Secretary of Agriculture reported that these family markets have a direct impact on some 125 farmers who sell their products from the farm and about 200 indirectly sold to these other products.The economic impact q What the agricultural sector receives is between $ 200,000 to $ 400,000 per month at the island level.