Agri road map needed
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Best practices in vegetable production were tackled at the three-day 9th National Vegetable Congress in Dumaguete City that ended yesterday.
Participants discussed the standards set by the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade as they affect growth and development in the industry. They were also briefed on how to enhance productivity and promote safe and quality production of high-value crops to make vegetable growers globally competitive.
Participants and organizers from Regions 1 to 13, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are waiting for a road map for agriculture development.
Agriculture Secretary Prospero Alcala emphasized, in his message at the congress, the need for sustainable vegetable production and improvement of market opportunities. And that includes the need to improve market opportunities for vegetables, especially those that are highly perishable.
There were some interventions made by the Department of Agriculture suggested in the past congress such as minimizing pesticide spraying, establishment of tramlines to ease transport of vegetables in the mountains, provision of refrigerated transport systems, cold storages, opening of Barangay Bagsakans, creation of food lanes, and promoting eating of fruits and vegetables.
We are hoping that this year’s congress will be more than just a show of projects and ideas, and will result in policies, reforms, and initiatives to guide industry stakeholders in addressing the need to ensure food security and self-sufficiency.
We must help our farmers not only in planting vegetables but in finding markets to increase their income. We would also like to see a road map for agriculture development in our country.*