The three-storey modern Agricultural Trading Center within the 13-hectare complex of Puerto Princesa Integrated Agricultural Center in Barangay Irawan is expected to open this year.
Enera Tuibeo, assistant head of the City Agriculture Office, said that the trading center, which has more than 2,000 square meters of floor area, is part of the complex envisioned by the city government as one-stop-site that will house the public market, transport terminal, training center, slaughterhouse, restaurant, and other facilities.
“Dito sa agricultural trading center sa Irawan ay matutulungan ang mga farmers kung saan ang kanilang mga produce ay madaling ma-market. Ngayong year na ito ay expected na ma-launch at mabubuksan na,” she said.
The Department of Agriculture released P30 million while the city government allocated P20 Million for the trading center.
Tuibeo said that the facility will be managed by an association of agri-products producers under the supervision of their office.
It is expected to converge both buyers and producers from Puerto Princesa and nearly towns. This will address the difficulties faced by farmers in marketing their agricultural produce.
Based on the record of the City Agriculture Office, vegetable production was at 4,086 metric tons in 2018 from 124 hectares vegetable farm in the lowland area.
She further said that that their office distributed a total of 61 kilograms of vegetable seeds to 2,740 farmers in 2018. These farmers in turn established some 31 hectares of vegetable farm in 22 barangays.