URDANETA CITY—Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala led the inauguration Wednesday of the P36-million worth Pangasinan Agri-Pinoy Trading Center in Barangay Poblacion this city jointly funded by his agency and the city government.
Alcala said 10 facilities of this kind are set to be inaugurated this year in different provinces while another 15 are up for opening next year. This is the first in Region 1, Alcala added.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) spent P26-million while the city government shelled out P10-million for the first phase of the project.
This city was chosen because of its strategic location being the gateway of the North and is the center of vegetable and fruits wholesale trading in Region 1.
There will be a bigger component for the trainings for the marketing support and the linkage, Alcala said, adding that they want to empower farmers to command higher price of their yield by eliminating the presence of traders from their farmplace.
Through this, farmers would trade their produce directly here thereby eliminating the intervention of middlemen, he added.
“It would be easier for us to have trading center like this so that each region would have inter-trade,” he said.
“This is the kind of building that would revolutionize farmers’ living,” he added.
Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV said he is thankful to President Aquino for this project as it is expected to further boost the city’s trading capability.
Former Fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco also said that since Pangasinan is predominantly an agriculture province, this would surely improve farmers’ income and alleviate their living.
Cojuangco said with this facility, farmers would have a better command of the price of their goods as more traders would deal with him directly through this.
Meanwhile, Alcala also led the inauguration of the Organic Trading Post in a nearby area where purely organically-produced agricultural products would be traded.
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