The Department of Agriculture (DA) is putting up a vegetable processing facility in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)  to prevent farmers from losing when their produce cannot get buyers on time and wastage looms.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar greenlighted the proposal for a P20 million food processing facility to be located at the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) in La Trinidad , Benguet.

The facility aims to add value to the vegetables and fruits produced by thousands of farmers in Benguet and nearby provinces in the Cordilleras, and thus prevent wastage and losses during peak season.

Early this month, farmers from Tinoc, Ifugao were reportedly dumping tomatoes for lack of buyers and access to markets. Following this, the Department of Agriculture in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) enhanced its marketing channels particularly the Kadiwa Express to find buyers.

“We have also negotiated with other vegetable buyers to purchase tomatoes from farmers in Tinoc and adjoining areas,” said DA-CAR Director Cameron Odsey.