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Cadiz City poised to become agri hub

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The City of Cadiz in northern Negros Occidental is positioning itself to become an agricultural hub that will supply goods to Metro Manila through the connection between the ports of Cadiz and Batangas.

Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. on Tuesday said the development is envisioned by Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. for Cadiz and the adjacent localities in the second district, including Sagay City and Manapla town.

“He envisions our city and the neighboring towns and cities to be a potential agriculture hub for Metro Manila, using our Cadiz port and the port of Batangas as the conduit ports. The goods here will be brought to Batangas, from Batangas to Metro Manila,” he said in an interview.

Farm produce such as sugar and other agricultural products came from the northern part of the province, while farm inputs and machinery entered the province through the Cadiz port.

Escalante said there are plans to expand or further develop the Cadiz City Commercial Port.

“We are working on it. We hope within the year, we can start if not early next year,” he added.*PNA

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