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DA allots P44-M for barangay bagsakan center in CAR

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (6 February) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR) is targeting to put up 42 Barangay Bagsakan and 22 Barangay Centers in the region for this year with an allotted budget of P44 million.

According to Pat Ananayo, Agri-business and Marketing Assistance Division Head of DA-CAR, of the targeted Barangay Bagsakan, three will be put up in Abra, four in Apayao, 13 in Benguet, seven each in Ifugao and Kalinga and eight in Mountain Province.

For Bagsakan Centers, two will be put up in Abra, three in Apayao, six in Benguet, three in Ifugao, six in Kalinga and two in Mt. Province.

Barangay Bagsakan and Bagsakan Centers are programs of the government through DA, that aim to assist local farmers/producers to easily sell their products and to provide local consumers access with cheaper basic commodities.

These are barangay-based food depot and distribution system offering affordable, safe and quality food products like meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits, which directly link farmers and fisherfolks producers to the consumers. It is a community participated retail food distribution system.

In 2009, DA-CAR successfully assisted in the putting up of 53 Barangay Bagsakan and seven Bagsakan Centers all over the region spending about P26 million. At present Cordillera remains to be one of the regions with the most numbers of actively operating Barangay Bagsakan and Bagsakan Centers.

Meanwhile, DA Undersecretary Bernie Fondevilla announced that the agriculture department is implementing a P570 million-worth of intervention measures for the palay sector to offset the effects of the El Niņo dry spell on rice production this year.

According to Fondevilla, this amount is part of the P1.7 billion that the DA will realign from its regular budget in 2010 to carry out measures to reduce the expected production losses in the agriculture sector from a possibly prolonged El Niņo attack.

Fondevilla also stressed that under the 2010 El Niņo Mitigation Program, the DA will also set aside P613.7 million to carry out intervention for the corn sector; another P411 million for the high value commercial crops (HVCC) sector; and P117.4 million more for fisheries.

The DA has been tasked by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to head reactivated El Nino Task Force. (PIA) [top]

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