- The DA will soon build a P40-M facility that focuses on packaging and processing vegetables in La Trinidad, Benguet
- The facility will process wasted or unsold vegetables and will also package ready-to-cook vegetables
- Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the groundbreaking ceremony of the facility
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has announced that they will soon build a P40-million vegetable packaging and processing facility in Benguet.
The facility will be constructed inside the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) in La Trinidad, Benguet. Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the groundbreaking for the facility. The facility shall have both the facility and the necessary equipment for packaging and processing
He said that through the facility, they will be able to make use and process unsold or wasted vegetables, especially at times of low prices.
“The rationale of having this food processing facility, ayaw natin na mangyari muli na iyong excess ay matatapon lang. We still want to convert to value-added products,” said Secretary Dar.
Department of Agriculture-CAR OIC-Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey said that the facility will complement the DA-funded processing facility in Benguet State University (BSU) that is worth P20 million.
The processing aspect of the facility would focus on the ready-to-cook vegetables which are accordingly, common to Western countries.
“The processing facility at BAPTC will focus on the initial processing activities such as washing and trimming while the more complicated processing activities such as juicing is for the BSU processing facility to work on,” Odsey said.
Dar urged the region to use the packaging facility and promote it for value addition.
“One objective would be to have a packaging innovation unit that would continue to promote and introduce packaging materials that are relevant in showcasing new technology and show it to the people,” the Agriculture chef said.