DA to allot higher funding for plant breeding
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will allot higher funding for plant breeding to ensure food sustainability.
“Under my leadership, I’ll see to it that we increase the level of funding support for breeding institutions in the country,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
He underscored that crop improvement plays a critical role for the country’s agricultural productivity amid concerns on the growing population and the impacts of climate change.
“One of the better options with which we can increase productivity per unit area is through science and technology through agricultural research,” Dar said.
According to him, the government needs to elevate its support for the country’s scientists and institutions involved in research operations and plant breeding activities.
He then challenged the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) to be the trailblazers in enhancing programs on plant breeding. He urged the institutions to focus on strategic research bring the products of research to the communities.
Dar likewise encouraged state colleges and universities to prioritize crop improvement programs and engage a team that will focus on plant breeding for their respective province or region.