IN TIME for the celebrations of this holiday season, farmers in the Cordillera region and buyers around the country is set to maximize transaction of highland vegetable at the La Trinidad Trading Post.

Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative general manager Agusta Balanoy said they are expecting the transaction would last until the last day of the year.

Trading will be until December 23 for Christmas while last day for New Year will be December 29.

"There is an increase of supply of vegetables. Iyong P1.2M kilograms average daily become P2-3M a day," said Balanoy.

Balanoy said they are also calling the attention of farmers to distribute and schedule their harvest and transactions at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post.

"We are actually disseminating information to the farmers to schedule. Huwag silang mag rush at i-distribute iyong harvest nila. Yearly iyan na nakikita natin basta December 21, 22, 23 nandito silang lahat pagkatapos kakaunti na lang ang pupunta ng Dec. 26 and 27," said Balanoy.

On the other hand, Balanoy added buyers from in Mindanao, Manila and Urdaneta, Pangasinan will conduct their early last volume purchase to avoid traffic congestion.

Meanwhile “Oplan trading post” will be implemented to address the traffic congestion at the trading post.

Based on the plan, queuing at the market-trading post road will now be apprehended and be given citation for obstruction.

There will be 5-6 spotters that will be provided to assist in the queuing of the vehicles coming from Balangsha Road, Wagwagan and Compelio Compound which will be provided by the lot owners.

Designated personnel will have to coordinate with the trading post watchmen on the schedule of their vehicles entering and exiting the staging area.

Janice Binay-an, market supervisor of the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post said the BAPTC by-pass road will be used as alternate queuing area for farmers when the parking at the farmers center are full.

An estimate of 60-70 farmer vehicle or trucks loaded with vegetables can be accommodated.