A dialogue with the officials and members of Burgos Ramos Vendors Association (BURVA) was held recently to discuss possible partnerships between the city and vegetable vendors and farmers.

Present at the dialogue were Councilor Thaddy Sayson, committee chair for Agriculture, City Agriculture Office head Atty. Goldwyn Nifras, City Cooperative and Livelihood Office head Brenda Burdeos and Executive Assistants Bobby Lucasan and Rodel Parcon.

Councilor Sayson said that Bacolod Mayor Albee Benitez directed several city officials to talk to vegetable retailers and farmers to participate in a system of cooperation to stabilize the supply and prices of vegetables in the market.

The aim of this partnership is to bring vegetable costs down and to ensure, protect and enhance the income of farmers and retailers.

The city will tap Burgos Public Market vegetables retailers as well as the farmers of Brgy. Granada and Brgy. Alangilan as partners for the pilot run of the program.

The dialogue went well where both parties had agreed to fully support this undertaking, EA Parcon added.

Farmers will be mobilized to grow vegetables on a contract growing basis in partnership with the city government through the City Agriculture Office.

A “Bagsakan” will also be established near the Burgos Public Market where appropriate post-harvest facilities will be installed to keep the vegetables in good state, Coun. Sayson said.

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