TAGUIG – Engaging in constant dialogue for the formulation of plans, programs and innovative solutions to address the problems in the agriculture sector as well as the expansion of research and development, OIC-Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently attended the Sustainable Agriculture Forum organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP).
ECCP President Guenter Taus noted the need to create and collectively support sound policies, effective programs, and trade agreements to enable greater investments in agriculture. Involvement of key agriculture stakeholders and influential private institutions is central to sustain an inclusive growth, according to Taus.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary Waldo Carpio discussed the achievements and plans towards self-sufficiency and agricultural competitiveness. He presented detailed statistics on the increase of the gross agricultural output in 2016 and the provision of technical assistance for the farmers and fishers in connection with the Byaheng Bukid advocacy of DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
Carpio further indicated that through the efforts of the public and private sector to boost local rice production, the quest towards self-sufficiency will be sustained and the agricultural targets will be achieved. He emphasized the corporate rice farming intervention of DA in collaboration with the Ayala Land, Inc. and Dingle Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Dingle MPC).
“It is a program which integrates and consolidates small and medium rice enterprises from production to marketing activities through institutional marketing systems,” Carpio explained.
Several presentations on policy reforms aimed to achieve self-sufficiency and preparedness for the ASEAN integration and empowering farmers through capacity building and greater technical and financial access were conducted.
The forum served as a platform for meaningful and fruitful discussions on improved policies that would enhance agricultural productivity as well uplift the lives of the marginalized population.
ATI has been supportive of various collaborative activities between the private and public sector which brings together a cooperative organized structure of development and agricultural investment.
The 2017 Sustainable Agriculture forum was held last September 27, 2017 at the SMX Aura Convention Center.