BAPTC prepares farmers for global competitveness

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – To understand the role of the Benguet AgriPinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) in the international market, Danilo P. Daguio, BAPTC Chief Operating Officer, restated what BAPTC really is.

During the 1st Benguet Farmers’ Congress recently at La Trinidad, Benguet, Dr. Daguio discussed the imminent role of the BAPTC as an avenue for global competitiveness in relation with the activity’s theme, “Strengthening and Empowering Benguet Farmers’ Association/Organizations for Global Competitiveness.”

He said that in order to be prepared for the international market; there is still a need first to address the on-going local issues. Thus, he presented BAPTC as one solution for the long-time problems of the vegetable industry stakeholders.

BAPTC is a marketing outlet where products are sold at rationalized process to ensure reasonable returns to the farmers. It also aims to address concerns of post-harvest losses and unsustainable food supply chain.

Traffic congestion, peace and order and pollution are also attended through the operation of BAPTC.

He said that the vision of BAPTC responds to the long-time issues of low- income of farmers, the unstable prices, and the unsystematic marketing practices.

As an avenue for global competitiveness, he discussed the trading center as a center of excellence and a viable socio-economic enterprise.

“Ti arapa-ap mi ketnu ag-export tayu ti natnateng ket tanggapen da ta quality ken safe suna. Siyempre dakkel met lang daytoy para iti development ti Philippines (Our vision is to enter the export market where our products are accepted because it is of good quality and safe for consumption. This can be another avenue for Philippine development),” Daguio added.

By Jenny M. Dayao

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