DA holds seminar for food terminal project operators PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 June 2013 11:05

The Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 9 made its way to a successful conduct of Entrepreneurship Seminar for Food Terminal Project Operators recently at Springland Resort, Tuburan District, Pagadian City, drawing a remarkable 76 participants, two from each Barangay Food Terminal in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur provinces.

The event enhances DA’s effort to develop food terminal as a competitive enterprise and as a venue for agribusiness investment. The activity kicked off with a message from the Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension, Constancio G. Alama.

“The Barangay Food Terminals (BFT) or Bagsakan should be empowered. The circulation must not be lost for us to gain progress and success in our endeavors. We have to learn to manage our resources and stop the ningas-kugon attitude. This entrepreneurship seminar has a big part in our lives. May we learn seriously not to waste the investment of the government. Let us nurture and improve our BFT in the region. Our fellowmen worked hard so that we can have these blessings through the taxes they paid. Let us be models in our barangays and apply what we have learned from here when we go back to our respective places. Not all are given the opportunity to be trained so let us make the most of what we will get here for the sustainability of our projects,” Alama said.

Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot, the AMAD Chief of Region 9, kept the participants abreast of the food terminal project in Zamboanga Peninsula and stressed that the entrepreneurial skills of the BFT operators is a major problem.

“Aside from management training, product development and market linkage, the entrepreneurial seminar is one of the strengthening activities which served as a high point of AMAD for the ZamPen BFT to be above ordinary, if not best,” Gamorot said.

Among those present were Ms. Violet Arzadon, Senior Agriculturist, Ms. Cristine Baldelomar, Agriculturist I, and Ms. Flora Miraflor, Senior Trade Industry Development Specialist of DTI Pagadian City.

Since  2008 when BFT started, ZamPen has established 68  fully-operational BFTs, covering Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City, and Isabela, Basilan Province. — ASolivio