BAPTC stakeholders’ consultation intensified

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – The Benguet AgriPinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) Project Management Office (PMO), together with La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda continues to intensify their efforts to make all vegetable industry stakeholders understand the real purpose of the center.

On April 7, the group went to the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post (LTVTP) to explain to farmers, disposers, packers/porters and traders that BAPTC is open for them to trade their vegetable products in the trading center.

Mayor Tabanda encouraged them to try the facility first and check on any necessary improvements that may be done.

During the consultation, it was also clarified that the disposers will not be removed from the trading system. Benny Hipolito, officer of the Benguet Trader and Truckers Association said that the wide area of BAPTC will help to secure their commodities and will give easy access for them to buy wholesale vegetables.

“The facility can monitor the vegetable products and can assure that these are of good quality and well packed vegetables for transport,” he added.

Hipolito encouraged the farmers to bring their products in the facility. He also said that BAPTC will help the farmers in their farm inputs and do crop programming for better market price.

Meanwhile, Dr. Danilo Daguio BAPTC Chief Operations Officer explained that the policies, including the 25 centavos trading fee, were formed based on several consultations made with all stakeholders concerned.

By Jerome A. Padilla

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