Addressing the farmers, he said: 'I saw the initial [rationale for] BAPTC, [and] it states, to buy the products of the farmers.
Pinol said the department was working out an option to give the four-hectare BAPTC to the farmers.
Daguio said a study had suggested that closing the old trading post would be ideal for BAPTC to function properly.
We informed the La Trinidad government that the full operation of BAPTC needs the closure of the old facility, he said.
But Danilo Daguio, DA Cordillera assistant director, said a study had suggested that closing the old trading post would be ideal for BAPTC to function properly, noting that only a few farmers had been using it to sell vegetables.
We informed the local government that the full operation of BAPTC needs the closure of the old facility, he said.
We manifest our strong desire for a change in the vegetable trading system and BAPTC has given us renewed hope of improving our living standards through a more systematic vegetable trading system, the manifesto said.
Daguio said those opposing the transfer to the BAPTC had misunderstood the services and fees of the new trading post.
At least 20 trading posts similar to BAPTC are being developed in the provinces by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to serve as a distribution network for homegrown produce.
But farmers have expressed reservation about selling at the BAPTC due to unfamiliar requirements.
According to him, only 35 percent of the members would be qualified to transact at the BAPTC due to a tonnage rule.
Unlike in the old trading post, retail is not permitted inside the BAPTC premises, he said.