The municipality of Mambajao, in the island-province of Camiguin is on track in luring more economic opportunities to thrive in the area as the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) has turned-over, recently, an P 11 million-worth Municipal Food Terminal (MFT).
The said food terminal, occupying a 513-square meter land area, is strategically located at the prime commercial lots near the Mambajao Public Market. On one hand, the municipal local government unit contributed P 1 million of the total project cost, covering site development. On the other hand, DA-AMAD shouldered the rest of the expenditure that totalled to P 10 million, in payment for the construction of the building.
With the project at hand, it will provide targeted beneficiaries, ranging from farmers, fisherfolks, down to the consumers greater access to basic food necessities that are safe, nutritious and affordable.
According to Engr. Leandro H. Gazmin, Director of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Services, the inauguration of the MFT also coincides with the National Consumers’ Welfare Month celebration, which carries the theme “Sapat, Ligtas at Abot-Kayang Pagkain para sa Lahat”.
Apart from guaranteeing a direct linkage, wherein producers are brought closer to buyers, he added, that the project would ensure maximized productivity and income of farmers and fisherfolks in Mambajao, including that of its neighbouring municipalities as their agricultural produce is assured of a market.
In addition, Dir. Gazmin explained that through the MFT, adequate supply and stable prices of agricultural commodities would be highly feasible as it slashes trade layers and transportation fees that pad the cost of farmers and fisherfolks’ goods from farm gates to the consumers.
Meanwhile, Constancio C. Maghanoy, Jr., Regional Technical Director for Operations of DA-10 revealed the department’s shift of stance in extending aid to agricultural stakeholders. Instead of doling out the provision of projects, he said, that DA is keen in implementing long-term and sustainable interventions. Among the department’s priority programs, he said, include infrastructure projects such as irrigation, farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and post-harvest facilities.
To support to the project’s enduring operation, RTD Maghanoy pledged that the department will carry on in coordinating with the LGU in conducting farming imperatives, from the pre-production stage up until the marketing phase.
He also deemed, the importance of the food terminal’s workability by properly organizing and managing producers. If and when, such state will prosper, RTD Maghanoy is optimistic that they can focus on seeking out additional agricultural produce that are barely available within their municipality and from its adjacent localities.
Accepting the formal turnover of the project are the residents of Mambajao, led by Honorable Mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo. Also, joining her is Hon. Pedro P. Romualdo, Representative Lone District – Camiguin; Hon. Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, Provincial Governor; Engr. Renero G. Torion, Provincial Agriculturist; Dr. Louis Bollozos, Provincial Veterinarian; and other esteemed officials and guests. ### (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10)