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DA spearheads area-wide food summit

Tacloban City (February 12) -- In a bid to further spur the country's agricultural productivity and increase the contribution to poverty alleviation and hunger mitigation, the Department of Agriculture has scheduled a series of area-wide consultations that will culminate in a Food Summit.

The Food Summit is aimed to generate stakeholders' views and recommendations regarding agricultural development policy and strategic actions.

The area-wide consultations will start on February 19 at Munoz, Nueva Ecija for Luzon A Cluster which is composed of CAR, Region 1, Region 2 and Region 3 and will go on with the other clusters, after which, the National Food Summit will be held in Manila tentatively on March 31, 2008.

The Food Summit in Luzon B which is composed of Region 4A and 4-B, and Region 5 will be on February 22 in Quezon City.

The Mindanao A Cluster composed of Region 9, Region 10 and Region 13 will be held at Cagayan de Oro on February 26 while Mindanao B composed of Region 11, Region 12 and ARMM will be held in Davao City on February 29.

The Visayas Cluster composed of Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 will have its Summit on March 5 at the Mactan Crown Regency Suite in Cebu City, DA Region 8 Executive Director Leo Caneda informed.

Director Caneda said he has already communicated with the would-be participants inviting them to the Food Summit. In addition, as input to the consultation, Director Caneda said that he has requested the stakeholders to furnish a copy of the listing of the current initiatives on agricultural and fisheries development using a format which the Agency has provided.

The consultations is expected to draw participation from as many sectors as possible including those who could be already undertaking, either jointly or separately, their own agriculture productivity-enhancing initiatives.

Director Caneda added that expected to attend the Food Summit are the Presidents of the League of Municipalities Provincial Chapters; the provincial governors and their Provincial Agriculturists; heads of line agencies like DAR, DENR, DOST, DSWD, etc.; farmer leaders for rice, corn, value commercial crops sector, livestock and poultry, and fisheries; industry groups and allied industries like transport and processing.

After the completion of the Area Consultations and Food Summit, a National Food Summit is tentatively scheduled on March 31.

The Department of Agriculture has lined up banner programs that are not only meant to perk up farm productivity and rural incomes but also to cushion the impact of rocketing crude oil prices on Filipino consumers. (PIA 8) [top]

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