AN agriculture expert from the Cornell University will be in Cebu next week for an assessment visit of Cebu’s agriculture landscape.
Dr. Hans Chris Wien, an international expert for agriculture development, is scheduled to meet with Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla, Department of Agriculture 7 officials and local farmers in Compostela, Cebu to discuss the current agriculture condition of Cebu and explore opportunities to boost agri-production, especially climate-resilient crops.
He will visit the a calamansi farm in Compostela, Cebu, where farmers produce 60,000 pieces of calamansi every three days during good weather. The expert will also visit a dragon fruit plantation in Compostela.
“This mission is to study our agriculture potential in Cebu and in other parts of Philippines. Calamansi is one crop to be developed. He will also give a talk on how to effectively use technology to maximize yields to farmer and farmtrepreneurs”, said Pete Delantar, chief executive officer and founder of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc.
Delantar is a member of Philippine Calamansi Association, Inc. (PCAI).
After Cebu, Wien will head to Manila to conduct a workshop on Nov. 17 aimed at exploring innovative and sustainable farming technologies to advance calamansi production.
Local resource persons in the fields of organic farming, crop management and processing technology will also share inputs during the workshop.
Wien’s visit to the Philippines is co-sponsored by the Asian Productivity Organization of Tokyo, Japan, the Department of Agriculture-ATI, the Department of Trade and Industry-EMB and endorsed by APO-NPO.
In the Philippines, one of the important and broadly cultivated agricultural commodities is calamansi.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on November 11, 2017.
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