DA prepares agri players for Asean integration

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

IN preparation for Asean Economic Community (AEC) 2015, the Department of Agriculture (DA) gathered agriculture stakeholders from various regions for a three-day workshop at Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City recently.

Hosted by DA's National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC), the workshop aims to improve the production of livestock, poultry, fisheries, crops and aquaculture.

It also aims to assess the present situation and latest progress on the country's agricultural industry in alignment with AEC 2015 wherein there will be free movement of goods, services, human resources and investment among Asean member countries.

The workshop included the integration of initiatives contributing to AEC; Philippines' AEC commitments relating to agriculture and fisheries sector and compliance on integration measures affecting trade in goods; and market opportunities and challenges in Asean among others.

Agriculture International Relations Division officer-in-charge Noel de Luna said that the most important intention of the workshop is to get the sentiments of the stakeholders on how they will be able to compete in the environment of an integrated Asean economy.

He added that agriculture producing regions are no longer competing with each other since the trending competition will be on the global market.

De luna also affirmed that all the programs of DA are now adjusting for 2015 including budgeting and allocation to support the farming sector’s activities geared towards competitiveness, that is why he was pleased for the active participation of the stakeholders for the DA can now distinguish what needs to be done.

"Senior management is very sensitive to your sentiments and they try as much as possible to incorporate this in the programs of the department", he ended.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 06, 2013.


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