The development of a 20-hectare food complex proposed in Daliao, Toil, Davao City has received green-light from the Department of Trade and Industry.
“The proposed Davao Food Complex will include food processing centers, cold storage and warehousing facilities with tourism attractions that will showcase the processed agricultural products of the region,” DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said in a statement.
Sec. Lopez said that the agri-aquaculture segment will be represented by an ornamental fish hatchery, while the complex will also house a technology and business incubation center, as well as water filtration and bottling facility for potable water-related enterprises. Also planned are restaurants, a marketplace, and parks.
Among the aims of the food complex is to reduce post-harvest spoilage and provide employment to about 3,300 people.
“Doing this can reduce post-harvest losses and spoilage by as much as 20%, valued at P240 million per year. It will also generate employment of about 3,300 employees based on 220 per hectare labor force density in industrial estates,” he added.
The Department said the project could be implemented as a joint venture between the National Development Company and a private partner.