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Secretary Dar’s visit in Nueva Ecija (September 23, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 24 September 2020

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Youth Ambassador for Food Security James Reid led the visit of the Department of Agriculture (DA) team to the different project sites in Nueva Ecija on September 23, 2020.

During “Sa Palay at Gulay – May Ani, Hanapbuhay, Oportunidad, at Nutrisyon (PAG-AHON)” Project Harvest Festival in Lupao, Nueva Ecija, Secretary Dar and Reid visited vegetable farming and gardening sites that showcase food production technologies in barangays San Pedro, San Antonio Weste, San Antonio Este, and Alalay Grande.

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) partnered with the Lupao local government unit, East-West Seed Company and the Lupao Vegetable Growers Association for the project with four components: 1) crop diversification to increase productivity and income of rice farmers, 2) establishment of community food hubs to mitigate issues on access to seeds and food resiliency, 3) rice-veggie techno-demo “gulayan sa palayan” to showcase the benefits of rice-vegetable technology, and 4) vegetable seeds/seedlings distribution.

The team also attended the signing of memorandum of agreement for four projects to be implemented by the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) with a budget of P304.5 million: 1) Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (CenTrAD), 2) Precision and Digital Agriculture Center (PreDiC), 3) Organic Vegetable Production Technologies using Vertical Farming System, and 4) seed and seedling production for vegetables and fruits. Secretary led the groundbreaking for the CenTrAD and visited the PreDiC and rice derby sites at the CLSU.

Secretary Dar also stopped by the Muñoz City warehouse of the National Food Authority (NFA) and talked with the representatives of farmers’ cooperatives/associations who were selling palay to NFA. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID and Rita dela Cruz, DA-StratComms)