DA eyes Bulacan and Taguig as agri trade centers
Farmers from north and south Luzon can now look forward to a common trading point, through a trade center project spearheaded by the DA.
Taguig City and Bulacan province are being eyed by the government as key locations to establish Farmers’ and Fishermen’s Trading Centers (FFTC), in an effort to provide a common venue or food producers coming from Northern and Southern Luzon, Philippine News Agency said.
“Farmers need to have a steady location where they can bring in their produce and meet traders,” DA chief Manny Piñol said in the report.
Piñol shared that the idea was already approved by Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano and is looking forward to the partnership, which follows the model of the Food Terminal Incorporated.
He also mentioned the potential trading infrastructure in Taguig City can extend service to farmers from Bicol, Quezon and other food producing regions, south of Luzon.
For North produces and commodities, Piñol is looking at Meycauayan in Bulacan and Valenzuela City as venue for the agricultural trading points.
“I will still be discussing this with (Transportation Secretary) Art Tugade, but there is an old PNR (Philippine National Railways) facility in Bulacan which can be used,” the DA Sec said in the report.
Currently, the DA is on the planning stage for the project, and holding talk with potential stakeholders of the trading centers.
Piñol, however, emphasized that the construction for the trading facilities should not be expected to finish fast, so they are setting up parabolic tents in lieu of the centers, to serve similar purpose.
“To quickly serve our farmers, we may set up temporary tents at the Bureau of Plant Industry compound in San Andres, Manila for the meantime,” he said.