Victorias City unveils P5-million organic trading post
October 5, 2016 10:53 am
BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 4 — Mayor Frederick Francis Palanca led Monday the unveiling of the P5-million Organic Market and Pasalubong Center of Victorias City in Negros Occidental.
The facility is intended to further boost the northern Negros city’s organic agriculture industry, and aimed at empowering small farmers and fisherfolk in showcasing their products.
It houses food and product stalls, a coffee shop, and a training center.
By providing them a more viable area to sell, they will have higher market opportunities, resulting to more income, Palanca said.
“We continue to support local organic farmers and producers especially in marketing their products,” the mayor said, adding that the project also supports the thrust to make Negros an organic island.
The P5 million total project cost includes P3 million from the incentive granted by the Department of Interior and Local Government to Victorias as a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping award. The city government provided a counterpart of P2 million.
“We hope for more vigorous support from the provincial government and other agencies as we would like to transform our organic farmers into future millionaires,” Palanca said.
Regional Director Joyce Wendam of the Department of Agriculture-Negros Island Region, said the facility is the first government-run organic trading post opened in the province.“The effort of Victorias City to establish an organic trading post is very commendable,” Wendam said, adding that it will help strengthen small organic farmers who need more government assistance to scale up. (PNA)