THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) will launch an application that will allow mobile phone users to directly order farm and fishery produce from producers.

The ‘’ app, the DA’s first such online service, is partly intended to decongest public markets and minimize the need for the public to shop for produce during the public health emergency.

“The DA, with the guidance of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), is committed to help ‘flatten the curve’ and promote safety and convenience to all Filipino families,” Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said.

Initial partners for the app include Zagana Inc., AgriNurture Inc., Benjabi Ventures Corp., and Mober Inc.

Logistics and delivery services providers Grab Philippines and Lalamove also signified their intent to join the program. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave