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DA, IRRI Bilateral Meeting

Author: DA Communications Group | 14 October 2019

Recognizing the importance of developing new varieties to bring the production capacity of rice in a climate change-challenged world, the Philippines, represented by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, expressed its strong support to the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) proposal to the ASEAN +3 (Japan, Korea, China).

“The Philippines, being the host country of IRRI, will reiterate its strong support to its proposal to the 41st ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) Meeting, hoping that Korea, Japan, and China can really come together and significantly push forward this initiative,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar during a bilateral meeting held on October 14, 2019 in Brunei Darussalam.

IRRI’s proposal hopes to bring the ASEAN +3 to be involved in the selection and the development of new rice varieties that are resilient to multiple environmental stresses, pest and diseases thereby elevating the production capacity in the region.

IRRI’s proposal is set to build a comprehensive testing and selection that is also backed up by training capacity for its national partners. (Photos by Rita dela Cruz)