PH gov’t wants to export more agri, fishery products
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it intends to “strongly” partner with the private sector and organized farmers’ and fishers’ groups to further increase the country’s exports of farm and fishery products.
This is with emphasis on diversified and expanded value chain from farms and fishponds to processing.
“We will push for more exports of farm and fishery products to propel the agri-industrialization of the Philippine countryside,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar during a meeting of the Export Development Council (EDC).
“We need to have a systematic and long-term strategy to develop and promote exports of both raw and processed agricultural and fishery products,” he added.
The EDC is the export promotion arm of the DTI mandated to institutionalize the national export drive that will enable the country’s products to compete globally.
EDC chair and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said it was the first time in recent years that a DA chief attended an EDC meeting.
Dar instructed concerned DA agencies—specifically the Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA), and High-Value Crops Development Program—to elevate their game in partnering with big agribusiness firms, small and medium enterprises, and organized farmers’ and fishers’ to develop more innovative and competitive agri-fishery export products.