New home for Cebu’s processed agri-products

Cebu’s processed agri-products could find a new home in a modern people’s market in one of the busiest municipalities in the south.

The Primary Properties Corporation (PPP) has invited local government units (LGUs) to locate their products in its two-storey Spark Commercial Center building in Minglanilla, which is set to open this July.

May Ann Suazo, PPC marketing staff stated that the building is more than just a public market.

“It is a one-stop shop. The second floor is a tourism zone, where you can see the best of Cebu products from the different towns and cities,” she said.

She added that 48 stalls are being prepared for the processed agri-products.  They also plan to offer a three (3)-dimensional experience for those who wanted to go whale shark watching but were turned off by the traffic congestion going south.

Suazo said they are also thinking of hosting the SuroySuroySugbo. SuroySuroyis a tourism program of the provincial government that literally hauls visitors to different tourist attractions in the countryside.

Sharon Tan, PPC retail leasing manager said the LGUs can display their products at the stalls allotted for them free of charge.

Tan explained the initial arrangement could be in the nature of a consignment depending on the performance of the products.

She said they are doing this for farmers and help the LGUs market their products.

“If you go after the supermarket, you cannot be sure if your products are sold. Here, tourists would be coming in to buy your products,” said Tan in the quarterly meeting of municipal and city agriculturists last week.

Tan said they are sure that these investments will flourish, as some of the national government agencies will also locate in the facility.

Aside from the processed agri-products from LGUs, the building will also display dry goods, and services.

Provincial Agriculturist Dr. RoldanSaragena recognized the great opportunity for the LGUs to promote their products at the facility.

There are several processed products coming from the LGUs but their market remains to be worked out.

Some of these products are the camote chips in Ronda, pickled vegetables in Badian, camotepolvoron in San Fernando, squash noodles in Boljoon and Dalaguete, chicharonin Carcar City, torta in Argao and Dalaguete, pintos in Bogo City, budbud-kabog in Catmon, among others.The municipality of San Francisco also has boneless Tilapia dried fish.