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DA 11 holds Barangay Food Terminal Summit

In order to mainstream the role of the farmers and fisherfolks in the region, a Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) Summit cum Agri-Exhibit was recently held in Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province.

Spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture’s - Agribusiness and Marketing Division (DA-AMAD), the summit was participated by 10 BFT’s in the province.

Among the 10 BFT’s, eight came from Monkayo namely; Baylo, Hamuigitan, Rizal, Naboc, Pasian, Casoon, Olaycon and Babag while the two BFT’s namely San Isidro and Kaputian came from Nabunturan. 

Presently, DA established a total of 105 BFT in Davao Region but only 88 sustained and operational at present.

Of these, 13 BFT is in Davao City, 27 in Davao del Sur, 19 in Davao del Norte, 19 in Davao Oriental, and 10 in Compostela Valley.

In her message delivered by Field Operations Chief Rosalinda Mediano, Regional Director Remelyn Recoter’s said that the installation of BFT’s helps increased the income of agri-stakeholders at the same time it enabled to provide safe, nutritious and affordable food for the community.

“I do believe that the availability of the market is very important in order to augment the livelihood of farmers and fisherfolks,” she said, adding that, “I am happy that there is a direct link between our farmers and fisherfolks to the consumers.”

She also stressed that it’s not only the farmers who benefited from the BFT’s, but also the private sectors and entrepreneurs who are working in partnership with the BFT operators especially when they are looking for specific commodities like cardava, cacao, arabica coffee, and durian that are marketable crops but hard to find.

“Through the establishment of BFTs, specific product can now reach to the processing plants, which they processed into affordable finished products with high market value,” she explained.

Regional BFT Focal Person Juvy Pregon added that the summit is also a good venue for  consultation of the BFT operators in the province.

“It provides link to the operators to get in touch and share their expertise in handling the BFT’s,” Pregon said.

For this year, three BFT summits were already conducted by DA-AMAD. First is in Davao City which is in May, second is in Davao del Norte last July and third is in Compostela Valley Province. (Aggie Media Service)