Baguio’s Agricultural Business Corridor (ABC) will soon rise at the Baguio Animal Breeding Research Center (BABRC) in Barangay Dontogan.

Geared to be the premier research institution and first agricultural business corridor in northern Luzon, the Department of Agriculture Cordillera (DA-CAR) is eyeing for the establishment of a region-specific ABC that caters to boost Cordillera’s prime agricultural commodities specifically Arabica Coffee, Highland Dairy, Strawberry, Potato, and Heirloom Rice.

Cameron Odsey, DA-CAR Regional Executive Director, explained during the department’s mid-year assessment that anchoring researches and the ABC to the above-mentioned specialized commodities, which have been the flagship of Cordillera, will further strengthen the agriculture sector in the highlands.

The proposed ABC features the establishment of facilities to support highland farmers and stakeholders in the field of research and development; knowledge repository, dissemination, and management; value chain based and technology agribusiness incubation; technology commercialization and adoption; and regulatory and support policy following green architecture and design which considers the land area’s topography, wind and light direction, waste prevention, and biodiversity conservation.

According to Dr. Luis Lang-oy, agricultural center chief, the facility is conceptualized to holistically embody the farming process, bridge research gaps, promote and adopt farming technologies, and provide market linkages.
“Through this we can be able to increase productivity and efficiency, improve socio-economic conditions of farmers and fisherfolk, and strengthen partnership among private and public stakeholders,” stressed Lang-oy.

Meanwhile, DA Secretary William Dar has expressed his support of ABC Baguio during his meeting with the Human Settlements Development Corporation-Maharlika Livelihood Center (HSDC-MLC) on July 15. According to Dar, part of the HSDC-MLC assets in their liquidation are planned to be invested in ABC Baguio.

Aligned with the department’s aim to jumpstart agricultural and economic growth in the new normal, the Agri chief has assured to provide more opportunities for highland farmers and entrepreneurs to market their produce through improved farmer-buyer connectivity whilst accessing an integrated post-harvest facility.

Earlier the DA has announced the creation of the first ABC in New Clark City Pampanga and the first agri-aqua industrial business corridor in Taguig City. Currently, DA-CAR is lobbying to the fruition of the proposal as part of the department’s aim to establish ABC’s across the 12 new economic zones identified by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. ///Mac James Dacillo///