By upao - Posted on 15 May 2017

 

The Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) launched its carrot washing facility on May 12, 2017. The facility included carrot washing sheds for the Carrot Washers, Disposers and Buyers Association (CWDBA). The association is among the first group of vegetable traders who started transferring to the BAPTC recently.

According to BAPTC Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Violeta B. Salda, the carrot washing facility was an answer to the request that a space be allocated for the carrot washers. This way, they can already transfer to the center.

“We are thankful to God for opening our eyes, hearts and minds to gradually understand what is BAPTC, its programs and services, why and how it was established, and who were the people behind. At first BAPTC was so difficult to accept for we were told that BAPTC is only for the farmers and the market facilitators or disposers will be displaced,” said Market Facilitator, Ms. Melita K. Erico.

New officers of the CWDBA, Cordillera Truckers Packers and Vegetable Traders Association, Truckers (Divisoria, Balintawak, Urdaneta) and Farmer Leader Council were also presented and inducted during the event. It was attended by Benguet Governor, Hon. Crescencio C. Pacalso; La Trinidad Mayor, Hon. Romeo K. Salda; Farmer’s Representative to BAPTC, Mr. Joaquin M. Depalog Jr.; Atty. Peter Guibac representing Benguet Congressman, Hon. Ronald M. Cosalan and Mr. Robert Domoguen representing the Department of Agriculture-CAR.

A carrot washer by the DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is being pre-tested in the facility. If the results are good, they will sell the carrot washer to the farmers.//JSTabangcura