Progress in proposed PH, Korea agri cooperation
The Philippines and South Korea continued talks on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation in Agriculture that seeks to transform Philippine agricultural cooperatives and farmers’ associations into key drivers of growth in rural areas.
Philippine ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez together with Agricultural Analyst Maria Alilia Maghirang, head of the Philippine Agriculture Office (PAO), met with Chairman Byeong-won Kim of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF) and his team at the NACF headquarters in Seoul on August 23.
The MOU was proposed by Gwang-Seok Hong, member of South Korea’s National Assembly in June 2016.
Kim assured that the NACF looks forward to sharing with the Philippines its experience and knowledge on how South Korea modernized its agriculture sector and fostered growth in rural areas.
Under the proposed MOU, South Korea will assist Philippine agricultural cooperatives and farmers’ associations in terms of hardware development like the establishment of more rice processing centers and a cold-chain system, building model villages, providing infrastructure support to improve agricultural production, promoting smart farming in rural areas; and expanding exchanges among cooperatives.