FARMERS and fishers in the Davao Region will soon have a link to major food regions across the country with the construction of an Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (APTC) in Davao City.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has earmarked P70 million for the construction of a trading post in Barangay Daliao in Toril District, Davao City, to enable small farmers and fishers in the city and neighboring provinces to market their produce directly and earn comfortable incomes.
“APTC-Davao will form part of the country’s integrated supply chain as the city’s strategic location makes it the premier agricultural and trade center of Mindanao,” said DA Regional Director Remelyn Recoter.
The APTC “will also make food accessible and affordable to our consumers,” she added.
Recoter along with Davao City officials led the simple groundbreaking ceremony, where she also turned over a P35-million check to Davao City Administrator Jesus Melchor Quitain. The amount represents the first tranche of the P70-million funding for the project from the DA.
Saturnino Mejia of the National Development Company (NDC) said the site has the key elements required for the development of a trading center such as excellent supply of fruits and vegetable produce, accessibility to service facilities, good road conditions, a supportive community, and compatible land use.
The site of the 5-hectare APTC-Davao is part of NDC property. The agency granted the use of the site by the Davao City government as its counterpart contribution to the project.
Meanwhile, Quitain stressed the need to ensure the quality of products to be sold at the center to sustain its operations.
“This is our challenge to our farmers to produce products with A-1 quality. The people who will run the facility should also be competent. [After all], it is not the facility but the people who can make this trading center a success,” he said.