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DA vows increased investments to support farmers, fisherfolks

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced over the weekend increased investments in the agriculture sector to support local farmers and fishermen.

Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel underscored the importance of supporting farmers across the production and marketing chain during a visit to the Sentrong Pamilihan ng mga Produktong Agrikultural (Center for Trading Agricultural Products) in Sariaya, Quezon.

“We will link vegetable farmers with the Taguig mega cold storage and continue to provide support and assistance in terms of transport so they can sell their produce at the right price,” he said, emphasizing the need to strengthen the capabilities of the country’s trading posts.

He highlighted the role of facilities like the Sentrong Pamilihan in promoting sustainable farming by allowing farmers to directly sell their produce.

Sentrong Pamilihan, established in 2007, has become a central trading hub for vegetables and other agricultural products in Sariaya and surrounding areas.

Local farmers reported significant improvements in their income since the trading post opened.

Sariaya farmers said the trading center motivated them to expand production areas, contributing to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s food security agenda.

Tiu Laurel announced the development of a national logistics plan to further enhance agricultural productivity and market access.

This plan aims to create a strong connection between vegetable farms and other food-growing areas with major food hubs like the Food Terminal Inc. in Taguig City.

The DA said the increased investment in agriculture, coupled with the development of a national logistics plan is aligned with the government’s commitment to empowering Filipino farmers and ensuring food security for the nation.

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