BAYOMBONG: The Department of Agriculture (DA) has pledged P35 million for the expansion of the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) to boost the farmers’ operation of a vegetable-trading center here.
Provincial Information Manager Benjamin Moses Ebreo of the Philippine Information Agency said the NVAT, which supplies Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces the bulk of its agricultural products, serves as the major drop off point and trading center of vegetables from upland farmers in the 15 municipalities of the province.
”The trading center’s agricultural products are delivered regularly on a daily basis to Regions 1, 3 and supermarkets in Balintawak, Blumentrit and Divisoria in Metro Manila,” Ebreo said.
He said the 6.5-hectare facility also provides market channels for agricultural and non-agricultural products and services of Nueva Vizcaya and adjoining provinces.
”It was established in mid 2000 through the funds coming from the DA [Department of Agriculture] when Nueva Vizcaya won the agency’s search for Gawad Sapat Ani,” Ebreo said.
NVAT officials said the P35 million additional funds will benefit mostly upland farmers in the province contributing to food sufficiency and productivity in the country.