THE GOVERNMENT and private partners are preparing a network of food terminals to receive and process produce and sell direct to consumers and market vendor associations, the Agriculture department said.

On Monday, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar signed a memorandum of understanding to plan food markets and terminals with KMV Asia Development Corp. and Banyara Development Corp.

The two companies will provide technical assistance in the design, policy framework and regulatory aspects of the food terminal network.

Potential sites will be evaluated via market and feasibility studies.

The project seeks to establish receiving and processing facilities for farm and fisheries produce.

A storage component will also help maintain the freshness and quality of the food, reduce postharvest losses, and yield more income for farmers and fisherfolk by adding value to their produce. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson