URC’s potato project with DA yields first harvest
The collaborative potato program between the snacks and beverage firm Universal Robina Corp (URC) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) has yielded their first ever harvests.
This program, which started two years ago, is part of the potato industry development program of the government.
“The aim is to improve the productivity of potato farmers by introducing new high yielding varieties,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
“This project illustrates how long it would take to institute reforms and improvements in the agriculture sector. And this is just potatoes,” he added.
He further said that people who expect Philippine agriculture, neglected and wanting of government support for decades, to improve overnight should realize that there is no magic or secret formula.
“All that is needed after the desired result is identified is pure and simple farmer’s common sense, hardwork and perseverance,” the DA chief added.