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La Trinidad, Benguet– The provincial government is currently gathering the needed data that will support the proposal to enact an ordinance that will prescribe the guidelines for the clustering of municipalities that will be allowed to deliver the vegetable produce of their farmers at the vegetable trading post and the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC).
Gov. Melchor Diclas said that the data on the type and volume of vegetables produced by the farmers in the different municipalities and even those in other towns in Mountain Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya and lowland areas will be used to support and justify the passage of the ordinance that will put in place the aforesaid scheme.
He disclosed that the provincial government had been receiving numerous positive remarks when it started implementing the clustering of the municipalities that will be allowed to deliver their vegetable produce in the trading centers in the capital town that is why it is still best to maintain the said arrangement until such time that an ordinance will be crafted for the said purpose.
The local chief executive claimed that the permanency in the clustering of towns that will be allowed to deliver the vegetable produce of their farmers to the trading centers will serve as a giant step towards a comprehensive approach in convincing agriculture industry stakeholders to embrace other strategies that will allow them to earn better income compared to the present situation.
Earlier, the provincial inter-agency task force for the management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases implemented the clustering of the province’s municipalities and other vegetable-producing areas in the Cordillera, Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions to prevent the repeated over supply of vegetables being delivered to the different trading centers in the capital town during the implementation of the Luzonwide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that resulted to the stability of the supply of highland vegetables and the prices of their produce that allowed them to be able to earn decent income from their produce.
According to him, the provincial agriculturist office is also gathering possible inputs from the concerned stakeholders on how to sustain the efforts of the provincial government help the farmers improve the income that they are deriving from their farm produce for them to be able to improve the living condition of their families.
Diclas said that all the data and the inputs that will be collated and gathered will be transmitted to the provincial board for the crafting of the ordinance prescribing the guidelines on the clustering of the municipalities whose farmers will be allowed to deliver their vegetable produce in the trading centers on certain days.
The governor expressed his gratitude to the concerned sectors in the province for showing their overwhelming support to the implementation of various programs, projects and activities, especially during the community quarantine, that paved the way for the improved income of the farmers in the delivery of their produce to be purchased by the buyers in the different trading centers.
Benguet, some parts of Mountain Province and Ifugao remain to be the source of some 80 percent of the supply of highland vegetables being sold in the different parts of the country.
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