Through the collaborative efforts of the BAPTC Management Office with the Highland Vegetable Festival Stakeholders (HVFS) Association and the other stakeholders, the first year anniversary of the immense trading center was initiated in June 2017 and appreciatively, continuous trading of vegetables is sustained up to date which prompted the conduct of the second festival.
Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Regional Director Cameron Odsey lauded the BAPTC and the HVFS Association for holding the important festival so that stakeholders can come together and share ideas on the state of the local vegetable industry and offer insights on how we must move forward.
BAPTC, which replaced the La Trinidad Trading Post, was put up by the secretary's predecessor, Proceso Alcala, who patterned the facility after a successful trading center in Sariaya, Quezon province.
Farmers refused to heed an order issued by the municipal government on May 1 for them to vacate the old trading post and relocate to BAPTC. They have petitioned the court to stop the municipal government from implementing its order.
BAPTC managing director Ardan Copas told the Manila Bulletin that the facility is primed up to extend assistance to farmers in terms of increased profitability, improved product quality and marketing services.
"I really have such confidence working here because I know that the DA and the other proponents of BAPTC have worked hard to ensure a better agricultural trading facility that would help farmers in the province, but I am bit saddened by the lack of interest of some of farmers," Copas lamented.
He said the carrot washer would charge a minimal fee to farmers who transact business at the BAPTC
. The first version of the machine was smaller and could scrub 300 kilograms of carrots per hour.
29 to dramatize their opposition to their transfer to the BAPTC.
Neli Joy Vigilie, who trades what she grows at the family garden, said they have not transferred to the BAPTC because there is no area assigned for them there.
But if it is not granted, they have to transfer to the AgriPinoy BAPTC
offers a trading system that would keep prices fair and stable while increasing the revenues of farmers, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala had said in an earlier interview.
Many farmers have petitioned the local government to remove operational fees which the BAPTC
is collecting each time they do business in the facility.