DA program hopes to raise farm yield

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Friday, April 25, 2014


THE Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 announced that the agency launched last year a P27.48-billion project that would raise farm yield and the value of agricultural products.

Dubbed the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), the objective of this six-year development plan is to enhance the value chain.

The businessdictionary.com defines value chain as “interlinked value-adding activities that convert inputs into outputs which, in turn, add to the bottom line and help create competitive advantage.”

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“There is no specific allocation per province (since) the actual funding is dependent on submission of proposals and compliance of requirements, one of which is the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan,” DA 7 Director Angel Enriquez told mayors during a League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu chapter meeting yesterday.

Invitation

Tuburan Mayor Democrito Diamante, LMP Cebu chapter president, said he invited the DA 7 official to explain the agency’s programs and services to chief executives whose towns have specific areas for agriculture.

The DA briefer said the PRDP is “designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector. It will expand market access and improving competitiveness.”

It also states that the PRDP will partner with local government units and the private sector to provide key infrastructure, facilities, technology and information that will raise incomes, productivity and competitiveness in the countryside.

4 components

To raise production, Enriquez said farmers are encouraged to use high-yield variety crops or hybrid livestock.

The PRDP value chain has four components: I-Plan, I-Build, I-Reap and I-Support.

I-Build encompasses in-frastructure support like farm-to-market roads, communal irrigation system, fishery-related infrastructure, potable water system and other infrastructures.

I-Reap relates to production and productivity enhancements, post-harvest and processing facilities, marketing facilities, agri-fishery business development facilities, investments in incubation facilities for food processing enterprise for commercial market and others.

“Holistic ang atong approach sa atong mga projects (Our approach is holistic),” Enriquez said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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