Provincial officials led by Gov. Matthew Marcos Manotoc and city officials led by Mayor Albert D. Chua, alongside key officials from the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 (DA-RFO 1) led by Executive Director Annie Bares and National Dairy Authority Administrator, Dr. Gabriel Lagamayo gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ilocos Norte Agricultural Trading Center on January 17.

The project is a collaborative effort of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, DA RFO 1 and the City Government of Batac. It is a keystone initiative of Gov. Manotoc, and funded by the DA RFO 1. The City Government’s counterpart is the land in Barangay Bil-loca, conveniently located near the Batac Public Market.

The primary aim of this project is to establish a centralized trading hub for agricultural products in the province. It promises to offer a safer, more efficient and hygienic environment for trading, most especially for our local farmers.

Gov. Manotoc, in his message, emphasized that the facility will not only benefit farmers of Batac but is also expected to serve farmers from various towns across the province.

This project is another testament to the commitment of the provincial and local government to further empower and uplift the agricultural sector.