ROXAS, Isabela: About P121 million-worth of agriculture infrastructure project here is expected to boost the productivity of Isabela farmers in the next five years.
Mayor Benedict Calderon of Roxas said the establishment of Agri-Pinoy Trading Center here is very timely and strategically located for the thousands of tillers in the vast agricultural Mallig Plains in the province.
“This agricultural center is seen as a catalyst of agricultural development in this part of Northern Luzon aimed at providing farmers a venue to trade their products at higher prices without the intervention of middlemen,” Calderon said.
He said the project was built through the joint resources of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the local government of Roxas and the Isabela provincial government.
Meanwhile, Barangay Captain Antonio Uy of Bantug, who is engaged in integrated faming, said the new farmers’ facilities is most welcome and will “redound to the benefit of the farmers themselves and not the middlemen who take home most of the fruits of farmers’ produce.”
“We express our thanks to the DA for providing us with this agriculture facility. We can now better facilitate the trading of our produce at higher prices less the intervention of middlemen taking the farmers’ supposed income from their produce,” Uy said.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala recently inaugurated the Livestock Auction Market, an “AA” category slaughterhouse as well as the Fruits and Vegetables Trading Center.
Benedict said the DA’s newly established agricultural facilities will be utilized as “direct selling centers” of produce by farmers themselves.