Barangay Food Terminal Summit in DavOr held
Barangay operators, farmers and provincial local government unit of Davao Oriental convened at Honey’s Hotel in Mati City recently for the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) Summit Cum Agri-trade Fair.
The two-day activity which was spearheaded by Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness and Marketing Division (DA-AMAD) highlights the contribution of the BFT’s in the province in terms of providing livelihood of the farmers and fisherfolks.
As of now, DA established a total of 101 BFT in Davao Region but only 83 sustained and is operational.
Of these, 11 BFT is in Davao City, 26 in Davao del Sur, 16 Davao del Norte, 20 in Davao Oriental, and 10 in Compostela Valley.
The installation of BFT’s has increased the income on agri-fishery producers; as well as safe, nutritious and affordable food.
The project also enables to create employment opportunities such as food repacking, processing, delivery to retail outlets and income generation among the barangay LGU.
In here message delivered by DA 11 Focal on Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program on Livelihood Enya Celoso, Regional Director Remelyn Recoter’s said that BFT’s became a direct link between the farmers and fisherfolks to the consumers.
She also added that DA commits to continue to provide technical assistance during the pre-operation and actual operation of the BFT.
“Without this BFTs, what could’ve been our greatest challenge? It is how to bring these products to the national market,” Celoso added.
Apart from the summit and trade fair, DA-AMAD also turned over a noodle maker and meat slicer worth P62,500 to San Rafael United Women Association from Cateel, Davao Oriental as part of the continuing BFT enhancement programs of DA that will enhance the income of the beneficiaries. (Aggie Media Service)