FTI reopening spurs agri trade

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FTI in Bicutan (Photo from CAD Construction Corp.)

Hopes are high that the planned reopening of the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI), a program established during the term of late President Ferdinand Marcos as a food supply consolidation center, will help spur economic and trade activities in Metro Manila and suburbs.

The over 30-hectare facility in Taguig City which is undergoing makeover, is seen to serve as central area wherein agricultural and fisheries products, will be received and processed.

It will also use modern communication technology, to give out daily advisory on the buying prices of essential products such as chicken, pork, beef and vegetable.

The new FTI will also be equipped with processing and cold storage facilities.

A total of six food terminals are expected to be constructed all over the country throughout the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, San Roque, Northern Samar has been chosen as pilot area in increasing rice seed production in the country.

The town will utilize 200,000-hectare land farm planted with selected high-yielding rice varieties developed by the PhilRice.

The seed production area in San Roque is a joint project of the local government and PhilRice, local farmers and Samar Rice Development Program.

Under the program, a private seed production company will set up a nucleus farm of 200-hectares, establish rice seeds processing facilities and a refrigerated warehouse for the storage of the seeds.

Farm-to-market roads and solar-powered irrigation systems will also be installed to help farmers increase their produce.

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