October 23, 2020 – The Samahang Magsasaka ng North Tarlac Council Federation of Farmers Irrigators Association (SMNTCF FIA) thru the initiative of National Irrigation Administration – CAMRIS Institutional Development Section launched the NIA-IA Trading Post which will help 25 Irrigators Association market their freshly produced product. Members from 25 Irrigators Association are all welcome to sell every Friday. It is accessible to all buyers since it is located at the corner of NIA-Camiling River Irrigation System Compound, crossing Mayantoc, Malacampa, Camiling, Tarlac.

This idea is originated when CAMRIS - IDS conducted training about Women Empowerment (Gender and Development Training) for the wives of 25 IA Presidents with the invited speakers from Tarlac Agricultural University. After the training, they realized that they need to help farmers on how to generate other sources of income. Through this NIA-IA Trading Post products will be directly sold from farmers/producers to the consumers without middleman (additional cost). While farmers (men’s) are busy in their farms, their wives can sell their own processed or fresh goods in the trading post.

With this idea, the Samahang Magsasaka ng Tarlac North Council Federation (formerly MACASANTA Federation) started to construct their building by 2017. But because of many unfortunate situations and problems encountered on that year involving extensive desilting of Magsaysay Dam, it has been stopped for a while. And through the initiative of Institutional Development Section Chief of TARZAM Mr. Elynton R. Pablo and Federation President Rodenio T. Sotero, the Trading Post finalized its construction and other necessary documents and launching has been made possible.

The event was attended by Satellite Head of CAMRIS, Engr. Placida C. Cordero, IDS Chief of TARZAM IMO, Mr. Elynton R. Pablo, representatives from Tarlac Agricultural University, officers and members of Samahang Magsasaka ng Tarlac North Council Federation.

By: Desiree S. Arzadon