Plans for a central market announced as Farmers Market Week is proclaimed

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, center, made the proclamation at Adelup this morning.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero proclaimed it Farmers Market Week on Guam and with it came a vision for cultivating the island’s agriculture industry.

The governor, flanked by Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio and supporting members from the farming community, GEDA and UOG, made the proclamation at Adelup this morning.

Leon Guerrero says farmers’ markets are essential to a healthy, sustainable life on Guam and now more than ever, it’s crucial to cultivate our own land.

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“Our idea is that… it’s a very simple idea. Let’s have a central market, we already have a structure, right? Dededo. And, let’s just have all the farmers grow their crops. All you farmers have to do is focus on growing your crops. You bring your crops to the central market and the central market would buy your crops. So, we give you the money, whatever amount is negotiated and you take that money and go back and put it back into your land again. My vision is to have this central market as the marketing agency, the PR agency, the business agency…that’s why GEDA is very involved in this,” the governor said.

The Governor says the central market method will ensure farmers are hyper-focused on their trade and advancing technologies to produce more.

She also says government agencies should get on board to start purchasing the local produce as well, including GDOE, Guam Memorial Hospital, and Department of Corrections.

The Farmer’s Co-op says they’re hoping to have the central market launched by the end of the year.