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Bagsakan Center opens in San Jorge, Samar

By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA Samar)
November 24, 2009

CATBALOGAN, Samar  –  To accommodate the land produce of hundreds of farmers from San Jorge, a new Bagsakan Center was formally opened Monday with Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Unit 08 (DA-RFU 08) Regional Director Leo Cañeda.

The Bagsakan Center, the fifth in Samar province is one of the support facilities provided by the national government through DA which is intended to help the farmers.

This will generate livelihood by giving them post-harvest and marketing facilities to market their produce and encourage them to produce surpluses instead of merely producing for their own consumption.

Ms Concepcion Ursua, was assigned by Mayor Nancy Grey to manage the Bagsakan Center.

With San Jorge’s agricultural land of 12,140 hectares, and a forest land of some 26,839 hectares based on her profile, farmers will be able to maximize the Bagsakan Center.

One Maricar Martinez, a fish vendor for 15 years is grateful for the Bagsakan Center, at least here they will be organized.

“Unlike before when we all had to bring tables for our items, today, we won’t have to do that, the stalls are tiled and look really neat and presentable“, beamed Martinez.

Mayor Nancy Grey thanked DA for the opportunity.

Just last week, DA launched The Farmers Scientist Training Program (FSTP) for corn farmers where close to a hundred farmers from San Jorge will benefit from it.

Today, Grey was doubly grateful for another give-away – three mechanical dryers have been promised by Director Cañeda one for Barangay La Paz, another for Barangay Quezon and another for Northwestern Samar State University-San Jorge Campus.

Farmers and buyers alike crowded the new Bagsakan Center as it virtually opened yesterday and sold items at reasonable prices.