Soil tests needed at Agri Pinoy site-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Soil testing at the Agri Pinoy grounds is needed before any work continues.
Governor Nestor Fongwan said soil tests are underway in the area to be done by a third party. Work will resume only after results are evaluated.
Fongwan said work was halted in the area due to flooding.
Moreoever, the contractor of the project has yet to provide the province with its complete program of work.
The governor stressed the documents are needed to monitor implementation of the project.
Fongwan also recommended for the Department of Agriculture to form a body composed of local government units to oversee the works in the area.
Farmers in surrounding areas have also complained of flooding and damages to their farms with mud seeping into their farmlands during the rains.
A need to set up drainage canals for the safety of surrounding farm areas is needed when work for the massive vegetable center resumes.
Fongwan is also asking for measures to prevent soil erosion form the contractor as he iterated, "Specifications for the program of work is needed."
The Agri-Pinoy Center is a P400-million modern wholesale trading and processing facility for vegetables and fruit which is part of the country’s integrated food supply chain being established in major food producing regions in the country, a first of its kind when completed.
It is envisioned to make trading operations of vegetables and fruits faster, from unloading to the payment of goods delivered, and minimizing spoilage and wastage.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 01, 2013.