DA intensifies foreign relation with US
The Department of Agriculture (DA) wants to intensify relationship with the United States moving forward, following the recent shipment of young coconuts from Mindanao to the world’s largest economy.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar expressed his appreciation to the US government for allowing the entry of young coconuts from the Philippines, stressing that the DA’s focus is to establish more market opportunities for Filipino coconut farmers.
He said this during his meeting with US Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and US Agriculture Counselor Morgan Haas recently in Malate, Manila.
During the meeting, Dar discussed other trade commodities, particularly for okra and pineapples, that could also be shipped to US.
“Of course, we will strongly implement global trade standard. We would like to deliver all the best of technology, where they (farmers) can transform their life,” Dar said.
McKinney and Haas, meanwhile, mentioned that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is set to launch the “Food for Progress” program to help in developing the country to expand free enterprise in the agricultural sector.
In the Philippines, the USDA program aims to strengthen Filipino farmers’ capabilities and technological knowledge particularly on the production of coffee, cacao, and coconut.