Agusan del Sur establishes "Barangay Bagsakan" terminal to help thousands of farmers
Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur (February 2) -- The provincial government of landlocked province of Agusan del Sur established "Barangay Bagsakan" (BB) terminal, also known as "Food Depot Terminal (FDT), to further assist thousands of farmers and strengthen the "food security" program of the province.
The creation of BB-FDT aims to address the five major concerns of the provincial government: food security, poverty alleviation, social equity, income enhancement and profitability of farm and global competitiveness and sustainability.
This program, through the Patin-ay Farmers Association in Prosperidad town, is also in line with the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) of Republic Act 8435 under the Department of Agriculture's Goal 2 Program.
The BB-FDT, solely operated by the farmers, with complete amenities such as weighing scales, modern food storages, freezers, water facilities has the capacity to cater various agri-products from nearby villages.
The project is designed purposely to eliminate the middlemen in the farm to consumer food supply chain, thereby offering low-price or affordable and quality food products such as meat, poultry, fresh vegetables and fruits from farms.
Besides ensuring stable, fair price of said food supplies and other commodities, the terminal develops alternative market to farm's produce and eventually increases the farmers' income.
With her incessant desire to help alleviate the farmers' income, Gov. Maria Valentina G. Plaza released an allocation amounting to P325,000 from the provincial coffers with counterparts of funds also from municipal, barangay, Department of Agriculture, through National Agribusiness Corporation.
"This program is a big help to our farmers in the province and also a contributory factor to our continuing higher income of the province," added Plaza.
Meanwhile, Pastor Sergio M. de Jesus, president of Farmers Association, has been so grateful for the livelihood project shared to them by the government, adding with a promise that they will give enough care and attention to it.
The BB is one of the priority projects of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the coordinating agency and local government units as the implementing agency.
The new FDT in the provincial capital town of Prosperidad is the first established by the local government and would become a model of all other food terminals soon to be recognized to other strategic villages of the 14 towns of the province.
Recently, President Arroyo inaugurated the P68-million corn processing plant at "Pagkain ng Bayan", in Barangay. Mabuhay, Bayugan City, also of that same province.
The corn processing plant is also a big boost to the farmers in the Caraga region, especially in Agusan del Sur province, said DA officials.
Agusan del Sur is acknowledged as the "food basket" province in Northeastern Mindanao. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]