As part of its continuous support to local farmers, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will launch the ‘Producer-to-Consumer Project’ at the Quezon City hall on January 26-27, 2017.
In partnership with the Quezon City Government, Ilocano farmers and manufacturers will be able to sell their products directly to consumers in the urban market.
According to Edison Natividad, Officer-in-charge of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Office of PGIN, the project aims “to introduce our own products while expanding the marketing support to local farmers.”
He added that the project is planned to be held monthly.
Aside from fruits and vegetables, all manufactured products from Ilocos Norte will be showcased such as garlic, onion, tobacco, vinegar, and inabel crafts.
The provincial government will shoulder the transportation of the goods and products.
PGIN’s SME Office, Public Employment Service Office, Investment Center, Sustainable Development Office, and Agriculture Office will monitor the proper implementation of the said project.
“It is Governor Imee Marcos’ goal to see the way of living of (Ilocano) farmers to improve,” Natividad said.
Meanwhile, PGIN is also coordinating with the city government to acquire a space in a market in Balintawak, Quezon City where fruits and vegetables grown from the province will be directly delivered.
“The market administrator has ensured us that they will provide space for (the province of Ilocos Norte) and we hope that we can start soon,” Natividad added.
Since last year, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has expressed her interest in partnering with Quezon City for the said project in order to develop and generate opportunities for Ilocano farmers as well as to further boost the economic sector of the province.—(Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO)