New Davao City food terminal opens bigger opportunities for small-scale farmer
May 30, 2019 - Thursday 2:05 PM by Ayan Mellejor, Funny Pearl A. GajuneraFOOD TERMINAL. The P74.7-million Davao Food Terminal is expected to move the middlemen from the production and marketing equation to give farmers a chance to increase their income. DA photo
DAVAO CITY -- A bigger opportunity for small-scale farmers is seen as the Department of Agriculture (DA)-funded Food Terminal opened on Monday morning in Barangay Daliao, Toril this city.
The DA allocated P74.8 million for the construction of the facility and the equipment, which is placed in the entire five-hectare compound of the Food Terminal.
Mayor Sara Duterte said the food terminal is an avenue for the small-scale farmers to increase their income through directly selling their crops.
“This facility is equipped with equipment where the farmers can use to store their crops and sell it at the right time with the rightful price due to them,” Sara said.
The food terminal will be the area for the farmers to wholesale their products. Farmers need not to be from Davao City only to sell there.
“This food terminal is not exclusive for Davao City farmers only. Its useless if the Davao city farmers will only be the one to grow. Our growth should extend to our neighboring places,” she said.
The entire funding for the construction of the facility came from the Department of Agriculture (DA)
The city has a Memorandum of Agreement with the National Development Council to use the five-hectare lot and another MOA with the DA for the construction of the facility.
DA Under Secretary Evelyn Laviña said the trend of agriculture is slowly evolving and making bigger opportunity for the local farmers not just in the local market but also in the international.
“Ten years ago our cacao boomed in the international market and it can also grow in some of our crops such as mango,” she said.
Laviña hopes the food terminal will have a big impact on the small scale farmers to improve their income.
The opening of the food terminal is made as part of the celebration of the city of the Farmers and Fisherfolk month.
City Agriculturist Office (CAO) head Leo Bryan Leuterio said that it is best if the farmers who will enter the food terminal will form a cooperative so that the city can extend more assistance to them.
The City Cooperatives and Development Office extends financial assistance to the farmer cooperatives to help them improve their group and their products as well.
According to DA-11 Regional Director Ricardo Oñate Jr., the project is part of three primary supports from DA for farmers to be productive and have a sustainable source of income. These are technology, financing, and marketing.
This also ensures that farmers like those from far-flung villages of Toril, Baguio District, Marilog, Paquibato and Malabog will never have a hard time selling their goods because they can directly deliver their products to DFTC.
Under the partnership, the city government will oversee the operations of the food terminal until the formation of farmers’ cooperative and association who will sustain it.
Mayor Sara said she also looks forward to more partnership with partners. “It is my hope that this will be just one of the many agricultural initiatives that will elevate our local agricultural industry and empower our agricultural players, especially our small-scale farmers, to be at par with our global counterparts,” she said.
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