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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

P40-M Vegetable Packaging, Processing Plant Soon to Rise in La Trinidad, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || DA-CAR

Cordillera - The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera has announced the construction of a P40 million vegetable packaging and processing facility that is set to operate by June next year. 

In the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Department of Agriculture Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-CAR Dr. William D. Dar said the objective of the facility would be to have a packaging innovation unit that would continue to promote and introduce packaging materials that are relevant. 

The facility will be used to pack and process unsold vegetables from farmers to prevent being wasted and dumped. 

DA-CAR OIC-Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey said that the facility will complement the DA-funded processing facility in Benguet State University (BSU) amounting to Php20 Million. 

The processing facility in the 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.

The processing aspect would focus on the ready-to-cook vegetables which are accordingly, common to Western countries.

Sec. Dar also announced that the way forward for the BAPTC is to become a corporation among the stakeholders who are presently members of the BAPTC Project Steering board.



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