In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture has given the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) PHP20 million (€360,000) worth of funding for the purchase of excess and/or unsold vegetables, fit for processing. DA Secretary William Dar approved the allocation of the funds during the BAPTC Board meeting on October 29 at the Benguet State University (BSU).
Governor Melchor Diclas stated: “This is part of the government’s effort to help our farmers so that they will not just throw their agricultural produce. The BAPTC will buy them and process them.”
The BAPTC was constructed by the DA during the Aquino administration in a land owned by BSU, primarily to help vegetables growers in the area and the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region who bring their agricultural products to La Trinidad.
Diclas said the money will be used by the BAPTC administration led by its chief operations officer Dr. Violeta Salda to assure that there will be no wastage in vegetables produced by buying them and processing them. The excess vegetables have led to losses on the part of the farmers who did not only invest money but also effort to produce them.