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PIA Press Release
2009/06/02

Agriculture tapped to enhance resiliency to climate change

by BA Recebido

Sorsogon City (2 June) -- The Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC) here is mulling to craft measures to ensure and fast track agricultural development in the province, through diversification of farm income and market development programs, to enhance resiliency to climate change.

PAFC Chair Godofredo Ditan said the council has consolidated and considered at least six resolutions approved and submitted by different farmers and fisherfolks' organizations that can address issues related to cushioning the impacts and adapting to the challenges of climate change.

During the 3rd Agricultural and Fishery Council (AFC) Congress held last May 28-29, agriculture officials and stakeholders from all over the province already discussed existing and prospective local agricultural and fishery products of Sorsogon with higher marketability potential in the local and foreign market.

"If given priority and interventions by the national and local governments, along with the stakeholders themselves, these prospects on Sorsogon agriculture and fishery sectors can weather the effects of climate change, furthermore, ensure agricultural productivity and food security," Ditan explained.

In the same gathering, PAFC also presented to the participants new agri-fishery technologies and other interventions the sectoral committees wants the stakeholders to adapt in the wake of challenges of climate change.

Other highlights of the congress were the presentations of locally-produced Lola Conching Organic Coco Nectar Specialty Vinegars and other coco sap-based products prepared by Erlina Corsiga,.

Corsiga, owner of the Sorsogon Foods Enterprises here which produces the coco-based products, is the 2009 Regional Gawad Saka Outstanding Agri-Entrepreneur in the Bicol region.

Dr. Leny Berdin, owner of the Magallanes Food Products, showcased her locally processed Sardines in Oil and now marketed in different parts of the country and abroad.

Provincial Director Leah Pagao of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here, meanwhile, expounded on the bright prospects of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program for the province.

At least 40 participants participated in the said agriculture and fishery congress. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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