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Meeting with Ambassador Michel Goffin of Belgium

Author: DA Communications Group | 14 February 2020

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar seeks to elevate agriculture cooperation with the Kingdom of Belgium during a courtesy meeting with Ambassador Michael Goffin on February 13, 2020.

With Belgium as one of the important export destinations for Philippine agricultural products in Europe, Dar hopes to continue a strong relationship with the country by increasing the volume of exports and pursuing new areas of collaboration.

He said that apart from the existing agreement with LR Group, an Israeli company, the Department of Agriculture (DA) still needs more investments in Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS), since two million hectares of farmland still need to be irrigated.

Ambassador Michel Goffin proposed opportunities in the form of grants, loans, and business ventures for the collaboration on SPIS.

During the meeting, Dar mentioned the need for the improvement of agricultural logistics system in upland areas, cold chain systems, product packaging, product grading and food safety, and market information system.

After the discussion, both sides agreed to pursue cooperation to support the livestock development program of the Philippines, especially for the improvement of cattle stocks in the country through cross-breeding. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)