Wednesday, September 23, 2015

DA’s Municipal Food Terminal Marketing Hub for Farmers and Fisherfolks

Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel and Isabelita Ocampo of DA RFO 13

Tandag City – In an effort to bring producers closer to buyers and consumers, the Department of Agriculture Caraga launched another Municipal Food Terminal (MFT) in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur last January 30, 2015.

The said project is the second MFT launched in the area and is situated in Barangay Bongtud, Tandag City under the management of the recipient Tandag Boholano Fishermen Association (TANBOFISA).

TANBOFISA was formerly a barangay food terminal recipient with outstanding track record having won the Regional Search for Best Barangay Bagsakan in 2014 and ranked third in the national level.

Recognizing its role in the community, DA Caraga granted TANBOFISA an additional capital of P1M upgrading it into a municipal food terminal.

Lucita Solis, president of TANBOFISA said that the amount they received from DA will be used for the expansion of their business mainly on rice trading.

“Hangyo ko sa mga membro nga makighiusa aron ta molambo kay wala koy mahimo kung dili mo musuporta” (I am appealing to the members for unity so together we will make progress because I can do nothing without your support), Solis said.

Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel directed the City Agriculture Office to closely monitor the project to ensure its success.

“Aron masiguro nga hapsay ang operation, ang LGU magmonitor niini ilabi na ang financial nga aspeto” (To ensure smooth operation, LGU will monitor particularly the financial aspects), she said.

To ensure steady supply of farm products such as rice and rootcrops, the first MFT of Tandag under the Maitom Farmers Association inked a marketing agreement with TANBOFISA.

Under the agreement Maitom MFT will supply TANBOFISA of not less than 200 bags of rice  and other alternative food staples and vice versa TANBOFISA will supply to Maitom MFT the aqua marine products.

Maitom Farmers Association President Ricardo Fernandez said that both fisherfolks and farmers could directly benefit from the project since they now have sure market for their produce.

“Dako gayud ni nga bentaha kay ang tanang abot sa Maitom among paliton ug among isuply sa TANBOFISA, ang mga mangingisda pud sa Tandag mahalin pud ang ilang mga kuha, so sure gayud ang income sa mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda” (It is a great advantage since we will purchase farm products in Maitom to be supplied for TANBOFISA, while fisherfolks in Tandag, their catch will be purchased also, so both farmers and fishermen have sure market), Fernandez said.

To date, DA Caraga had launched a total of 57 Barangay Food Terminals and 9 Municipal Food Terminals strategically located across the region.

BFT is a community-based food depot and distribution system offering safe and quality agri-fishery products at low prices to the consumers through directly linking farmers and fisherfolks to the consumers. (Aurell P. Arais/DA Caraga)


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