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PIA Press Release
2009/06/20

Kalinga organic agri-business gets PDAP support

Tabuk, Kalinga (20 June) -- The Philippine Development Assistance Programme, Inc. (PDAP Inc.), the Office of the Congressman and Local Government officials of Kalinga recently signed a partnership agreement promoting sustainable agriculture in support to the organically produced unoy rice and coffee in the province.

In his presentation, PDAP Executive Director Jerry Pacturan underscored the need for a collaborative effort of all stakeholders for the success of sustainable agricultural program.

According to Pacturan, the biggest challenge of said sustainable economic development endeavor is connecting farmers to the market. He said that farmers owning agricultural properties need more than production. Micro-enterprise development through product enhancement, sustainable agriculture and marketing, he pointed is the bigger challenge.

Aside from being environmentally friendly, sustainable development is seen as "a key to curb poverty" considering its market potentials. With the public getting more health conscious, customers from both local and international markets he relates are willing to spend more for organically grown products and healthy foods.

He said that this is a new way of looking into agri-business, stressing the need for farmers and local producers to strategize and work together in sustaining and adopting technologies that are ecologically friendly agricultural systems to enhance the marketability of their products.

To achieve this, there is a greater need for cooperation among the stakeholders, government support, capacity development and technology transfer to address production needs while taking into consideration the protection of the environment, Pacturan said.

With this, he commended the initiative of Congressman Manuel Agyao MSA for considering partnership with PDAP.This partnership he said manifests the solon's interest in implementing innovative projects in the province in pursuit of his commitment to reduce poverty, protect the environment and increase the income of small medium entrepreneurs (SME's) and farmers involved the production and selling of organic coffee and unoy rice.

As an economic activity, this partnership he said aims to improve farming activity by 15 to 20 % which demand more employment opportunities while increasing the participating farmers' income by 15 to 20%. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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