Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, January 18, 2016

DA sets eye on HVC improved production

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

PILI, Camarines Sur, Jan.18 (PIA) --- High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) program coordinators, municipal agriculturists and agricultural officers from the 37 municipalities in the province comprised the first set of participants to the first leg of the HVCDP consultation meeting spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol Regional Office held recently here.

The activity, which was also held in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon, intends to convey the department’s policy directions, thrusts and HVCDP priorities for 2016 to its partners and stakeholders in various parts of the region.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional High Value Crop focal person Rosita M. Imperial, explained the programs strategic directions for this year, which include among others, provision of priority commodities, employment of value chain analysis approach as a tool for value-adding and product development and establishment of production facilities and post-harvest equipment and machineries.

Imperial added that they will also ensure that the commodity’s competitiveness will be improved to reduce importation of various vegetables. DA also envisions technology demonstration cum production activity to address the proper management and fertilization of old coffee and cacao trees in the region.

DA Bicol public information officer Emily Bordado said in an interview that the department is crafting plans to ensure that production of HVC in the region will improve by expanding planting sites for cacao, sweet potato, coffee, pineapple and gabi.

Bordado  disclosed that to achieve these targets, the programs will provide interventions such as seed production for buffer stocking, planting materials and  production facilities liken nursery, rain shelter, and scion grove.

 DA Bicol will also provide small-scale irrigation, production equipment/machineries, market-related activities and extension support.

Imperial also shared that the program’s priorities will include advancement of efficiency level of farm operation and management, enhancement of productivity and production of priority commodities, compliance with export protocols and standards, linked HVC to local and international markets and ensure steady supply and prices of primary commodities.

The High Value Crops Development Program is one of the banner programs of DA . It endeavors to address the country’s concern on food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable growth while sustaining the production of high value crops.  (MAL/LSM/DARFU5/PIA5/Camarines Sur)  

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