Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

Courtesy Call of Kingdom of Belgium Ambassador to the Philippines’ Agriculture

Author: DA Communications Group | 5 May 2022

Secretary William D. Dar and Ambassador H.E Michael Parys met on May 5, 2022 to discuss possible agricultural trade and cooperation between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Belgium. 

The meeting aimed to further enhance the partnership between the two countries particularly on cacao production and livestock development especially on the improvement of local cattle stocks through cross-breeding technology. 

To help farmers market their produce during lean and rainy season, Sec. Dar  proposed for a joint-action to enhance market linkage of farmers to producers.

He also expressed his intentions to establish cold storage facilities, which can store farmers’ produce for a longer period of time while awaiting higher market value. 

The Secretary further discussed market access concerns for coconut and coconut oil, abaca, processed shrimps, and other aquaculture products including feed formulation. 

For the part of the Kingdom of Belgium, Amb. Parys expressed intentions to continue the partnership on solar power farms, and accreditation of Belgian fruits such as apple and pear. 

To this, the Agri Chief informed the Ambassador that before the pandemic, experts from the Bureau of Plant Industry were preparing to go to Belgium to validate the request. In terms of solar power farms, the Secretary Dar suggested that the project may be piloted in the different regions of the country. ### (Photos by: Gian Carlo Luague, DA-AFID)