Food Terminals To Rise In Zamboanga City

July 13, 2007 at 12:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 12 Jul) – At least three government food terminals partly funded by Japan are to rise in the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga.

The project called “Barangay Food Terminal” in Zamboanga City will be the first in Western Mindanao.

These BFTs are partly funded by the Japan Grant Assistance for Underprivileged Farmers. It aims to benefit Filipino farmers living below the poverty line, according to the Department of Agriculture, which is implementing the project.

For this year alone, the agency said it is targeting about two million beneficiaries and is also putting up BFTs in Metro Manila and other regions, including in economic zones across the country.

The local government is already finalizing two of three BFT — one in Sangali village in the eastern coast and the other in Ayala village on the other side of the city.

Delia Navales, Agri-Business chief, said village officials of Sangali and Ayala have formalized their participation in the establishment of the BFT by providing lot for its location as their counterpart. Vitali is the third village considering the establishment of BFT.

The BFT directly links farm producers in the countryside to small markets in urban centers and eliminating unnecessary trading layers that unduly raise prices of agricultural produce and cut profits for small farmers and fishermen, according to the Philippine Information Agency in Zamboanga City.

“The DA has been putting up the BFT in sync with its five-point program for Philippine agriculture, which is designed to open up more markets for our farmers and fisher folk both here and abroad, and to provide consumers with cheaper but good quality farm and fishery products,” Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said.

“All our efforts to increase production of farm and fishery products will be for naught if food prices remain high and unaffordable, and farmers and fishers do not earn enough profits from their labor.” (Mimi Edaga)

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