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Food terminal for farmers opens in Davao

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte has recently opened the P70-million Davao Food Terminal Complex in Toril to serve farmers and provide them access to market.

“Given how this food terminal can ensure that farmer’s products can be directly sold to the consumers without the intervention of middlemen, the project shall be of mutual benefit for the farmers and the customers in Davao City,” Duterte said.

She said the food terminal for will benefit fruit and vegetable farmers, adding, the complex is the local government’s response to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

The mayor said the food terminal also seeks to boost food security and defeat hunger amid the changing climate and increasing food demand across the globe.

The construction of the food terminal at the old Daratex property was conceptualized in 2014 as a partnership between the City Government and the Department of Agriculture in Region which funded the project. According to DA Regional Director Ricardo Oñate Jr., the project is part of three primary support for farmers to become productive and have sustainable sources of income: technology, financing, and marketing.

He said the food terminal also ensures that farmers like those from far-flung villages of Toril in Baguio district, Marilog, Paquibato, and Malabog will not have a hard time selling their goods because they can directly deliver their products to the food terminal. Under the partnership, the local government will oversee the operations of the food terminal until the formation of farmers’ cooperative and association that will eventually manage it.

Duterte said she looks forward to more similar partnerships, especially those that “will elevate our local agricultural industry and empower our agricultural players, especially our small-scale farmers, to be at par with our global counterparts.” (Lilian Mellejor, PNA)

 

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