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Davao City to launch virtual ‘bagsakan’ for agri products

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The Davao City government will launch the virtual “bagsakan” of agricultural products where farmers and buyers can link to get supplies. Connection to the internet would not even be a problem.

FILE PHOTO: Davao map. (Google Maps/MANILA BULLETIN)

FILE PHOTO: Davao map. (Google Maps/MANILA BULLETIN)

Farmers and buyers can link through the city agricultural technicians who have wireless (Wifi) network connection. The agricultural technicians will facilitate the marketing aspect for the farmers who are not connected to the internet.

The city’s organic market at the Rizal Park, which opens every Thursday and Friday, will be the “eyeball” area or meeting place of the buyers and farmers, said Leo Brian Leuterio, the officer-in-charge of the City Agriculturist Office (CAO).

Leuterio said the virtual bagsakan will be opened through a Facebook account starting this week.

It is there where businessmen can order food and agricultural supplies from the farmers. Buyers can go to the virtual bagsakan on Facebook and search for their supply of vegetables and fruits.

The city’s agricultural technicians can regularly check the site and link with the farmers. Farmers who have internet connection can deal directly with the buyers.

He said the city agricultural technicians can take photos of the available products, post them on the virtual bagsakan site.

Leuterio said his office has already linked with potential buyers like restaurant owners about the virtual bagsakan. “We need ways to help the farmers market their products,” he said.

The products can even be cheaper from the market price because there will be no middlemen who will be involved.

The virtual bagsakan is one of the ways to help farmers.

For several years now, the CAO already set up the organic market at Rizal Park where the farmers can sell their products. The organic market is open every Thursday and Friday.

So far, the organic market drew people looking for cheaper vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, root crops, among others.

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