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DA encouraging stakeholders
to support sustainable farming

The Department of Agriculture 6 conducted a consultation with different civil society organizations on AgriPinoy programs implemented in Western Visayas recently, a DA press release said.

Larry Nacionales, regional executive director, said that the AgriPinoy program focuses on five concerns including broad-based strategy, partnership, farm to table, sustainable farming system and resiliency.

Nacionales said that active participation of the civil society organizations is vital in the implementation of AgriPinoy programs towards food security, increased rural income and sustainable development.

Dr. Joyce Wendam, regional technical director for policy, planning research and support services, said that the consultation is aimed to promote transparency, accountability and responsibility among the AgriPinoy programs implemented in the region.

“We are soliciting feedback, suggestions and recommendations from the civil society organizations for our programs to be globally competitive, effective and efficient for agricultural stakeholders.” Wendam said.

She added that through the consultation, the department can determine and weed-out some inefficient programs and projects.

The event was also aimed at continuing and expanding programs and projects which are needed by the farmers, fishers and livestock raisers.

The 86 agriculture stakeholders were briefed of the DA 6 CY 2011 plans and programs.

The CY 2012 budget proposal was presented for suggestions and recommendations, the press release said.

Concerns on certified seeds subsidy, livestock and poultry, corn industry and high value crops were also discussed during the consultation, it added.*

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