Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

Meeting with Onion Growers (Feb 23, 2022)

Author: DA Communications Group | 23 February 2022

Officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA), led by Secretary William Dar met with onion farmer-leaders from Nueva Ecija and Occidental Mindoro for a dialogue to come up with strategies to make local farmers more competitive and address issues and challenges that continue to affect the local onion industry on February 22, 2022.

Among the issues discussed were declining price of local onion this season and competition with imported onions, identifying markets where they can immediately sell their harvest, and finding storage warehouses for their surplus.

To institutionalize the regular dialogue with the farmer-leaders, the secretary also directed to put up a team from the office of the Undersecretary for Operations, Undersecretary for High Value Crops, and the BPI

DA officials who attended the dialogue include Undersecretary for Operations Ariel Cayanan, Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit Evelyn Laviña, and Undersecretary for Consumer and Political Affairs Kristine Evangelista.

Assistant Secretary for Operations Arnel De Mesa, Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Noel Reyes, BPI Director George Culaste, AMAS Director Ramon Yedra, and High Value Crops Development Program Director Gerald Glenn Panganiban were also present during the dialogue. (Photo by Adones Buhayan, DA-AFID)