DA, Davao City gov’t to open PHP70-M Davao Food Terminal next year

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in partnership with the Davao City government is set to open the PHP70-million Davao Food Terminal by first quarter next year.

DA-11 Regional Director Ricardo Onate said the Food Terminal located in a five-hectare property in Daliao, Toril (formerly the Agri-Pinoy Trading Center or APTC), will serve as drop-off and wholesale market of farm products.

It will provide marketing support for small and medium farm-size vegetable and fruit growers in various barangays here in Davao City and Davao del Sur.

The facility also has a dormitory, retail and wholesale sections and commercial spaces.

Onate said they are targeting an April 2017 soft opening.

He said the facility is a progressive type complex which will be managed by the city government. But he said the food terminal will be eventually managed by a farmers’ cooperative.

Other components of the project are ten hauling trucks to transport farm produce from farm to the food terminal. Each truck would cost PHP1.5 milion.

“We are optimistic that there will be a big improvement in the agricultural production with new direction and processes of implementation of projects,” Onate added. DIGNA BANZON/PNA-northboundasia.com