DA welcomes Chinese investors for collaboration

CITY OF SAN FENANDO -- Delegates from the People’s Republic of China visited the country recently and were welcomed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Central Luzon.

The delegates visited the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija for possible partnership in agriculture development.

They were personally welcomed by the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Project Development and Special Concerns Lerey Panes, DA Regional Executive Director Engr. Roy Abaya, PhilRice Executive Director Sailila Abdula and DA Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extensions Crispulo Bautista, Jr.

Abdula discussed the country’s rice program, hybrid production and commercialization.

The visitors were Dr. Changxiang Mao Chief Expert of Agricultural Project of Air Farmer Co., Ltd., Ms. Xiao Langmu, Founder and Director of Air Farmer Co., Ltd., and Ms. Roman, Sales Assistant.

Langmu presented the tidy rice, a weedicide resistant that may be beneficial for Filipino farmers.

“We are open for possible collaboration. I will ask my staff to construct a memorandum of agreement and come-up with the terms of reference,” Abdula said.

“We are positive about this possible partnership and we are hopeful that everything will go smoothly," Mao said.

Meanwhile, the delegates were toured at the National Cooperative Tests (NCT) Hybrids Trial Areas and interviewed farmers engaged on hybrid rice commercial production.

The activity was hosted by the DA-3 in cooperation with PhilRice.
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