German Finance Agency Eyes P109-M PHL Agricultural Projects

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German Finance Agency Eyes P109-M PHL Agricultural Projects


The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fAaAaAe Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), or better known as the German Development Cooperation, on Wednesday signed two memoranda of agreement for two agricultural projects worth about P109 million that will cater primarily to Filipino rice and abaca farmers.

Agriculture Secretary Prospero Alcala and GIZ country director Andreas Kalk led the signing ceremonies that officially kicked off the Better Rice Initiative Asia - Fostering Agriculture and Rice Marketing by Improved Education and Rural Advisory Services (BRIA-FARMERS) and the Abaca Sustainability Initiative that are aimed at further ensuring sustainability of the government's current programs on improving rice and abaca production.

The funds for the twin projects will be provided by GIZ and would be implemented by DA attached agencies.

BRIA-FARMERS seeks to contribute in achieving the goals under the Philippine Development Plan in strengthening the agriculture sector through the development of a sustainable strategy across the public and private sectors to enhance food security and economic development.

The [euro]1.8 million (about P90 million) project will be implemented by the DA's Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) from 2015 to 2017 and will cover the municipalities of Dipaculao, Maria Aurora and Baler in Aurora province; Leganes, Oton, Pototan, Zarraga and Sta. Barbara in Iloilo, and Hinunangan, Silago, Saint Bernard and Sogod in Souther Leyte.

Under the project, agricultural technicians, lead farmers and private service providers will be trained on value chain analyses, basic agriculture rice-specific farming techniques, the use of technology-based nutrient management, post-harvest handling, farm mechanization and market access. …

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