TARLAC Governor Susan Yap, together with Vice Governor Carlito “Casada” David led the groundbreaking ceremony of the mungbean [Mongo] trading post of Caut Farmers Field School Cooperative in La Paz, January 17.
The trading post is under the Philippine Rural Development Project [PRDP] and a program of the Department of Agriculture and the Provincial Government of Tarlac. It is aimed to be a custom service facility for the province of Tarlac.
The trading post intends to produce 78,000 kilograms of quality mungbean seeds for planting and 428,000 kilos for food consumption on its first year of operation and deliver to target markets.
The total project cost is P15,927,196.58 including the proponent’s group equity and civil works.
The project is set to acquire one unit 6-wheeler truck, one unit 52 horse-power tractor, one unit tresher, one unit seed cleaner, two units moisture meter, two units analog weighing scale, 100 pieces PVC pallet, 100 bobbins nylon thread, two units electric bag sewer, two units trolley, 30,000 pieces plastic packaging, three units hermatic cocoon, two units plastic sealer and 16,000 kilos of seeds.
In her message, Gov. Yap said that the facility will greatly improve the trading of quality mungbean.
“This will greatly help our mongo farmers as I am sure that quality mongo will come out in this facility,” Gov. Yap said.
Likewise present during the groundbreaking were La Paz Mayor Venus Jordan, Vice Mayor Lorna Manalo, Provincial Agriculturist Alicia Cruz and Caut FFS Cooperative Chairman Alex Cancio.