CALAUAN AGRI-TRADING POST TO BOOST FARMERS’ INCOME
CALAUAN, Laguna – A new “bagsakan” center or post-harvest trading facility is widely expected to help Laguna farmers in marketing their produce as well as link them up to new markets, and as a result, boost their incomes.
Laguna Provincial Agriculturist Marlon P. Tobias said on Friday the new Laguna Agricultural Trading Center (LATC) or popularly known to the locals as “bagsakan center” in Barangay Lamot II caters to farmers who are mostly from Laguna’s 3rd and 4th districts.
“Layuning mabigyan ng lugar ang mga magsasaka na magkaroon ng isang angkop na pasilidad kung saan maayos nilang maipagbibili ang kanilang ani sa tamang halaga, na siyang pinupuntahan ng mga negosyanteng siya namang namamahagi sa mga pamilihan. (It is the objective to provide a place where farmers could have an appropriate trading post where they could sell their harvested goods at the right price, and where traders could also sell them in the markets),” the office of provincial agriculturist (OPA) said.
The OPA-LATC supervises the trading center to help farmers augment their income and level up their farming livelihood and promote agri-business in the agricultural areas.
The new farmers’ trading center will also help avert losses from huge farm harvests which may spoil due to oversupply, such as the incident where tons of tomatoes in Kalayaan town simply rotted last year.
Tobias has also transformed the trading center as a training venue to teach farmers on new agricultural and farming techniques in vegetable growing, organic farming, vegetable and fruit processing, propagation of ornamental plants and preparation of seeds, seedlings and planting materials for fruit-bearing trees.
Laguna 3rd District Provincial Board Member Alejandro Yu described the opening of the farmers’ trading post here through the initiative of Gov. Ramil L. Hernandez as “providing more opportunities for farmers and agricultural workers to have a centralized venue for an effective system to market and trade agricultural products and farm harvests.”
Yu said this will boost the farmers’ livelihood to sustain the supply of agricultural products in the market while making their products competitive not only in the Laguna markets but also in major urban centers in Calabarzon Region and Metro Manila.
Yu also projected that the “bagsakan center” will now be institutionalized within four to six months since its opening this week.
He said the farmers’ trading post will also open up local farms to market links with supermarkets, huge groceries and wet markets given its proximity to Metro Manila and the urban centers.