Benguet PLGU, DA Ink MOA to Enhance High Value Crops Production
July 4, 2015
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Agriculture and the provincial government of Benguet recently forged a memorandum of agreement to enhance the production of high value crops.
The project dubbed, “Enhancement and Sustainability of High Value Crops Production in the Province of Benguet,” has a project cost of P3.57 million of which the provincial government committed 15 percent as its counterpart.
The DA, which is implementing development programs to attain food self-sufficiency, is now prioritizing the production of quality vegetables and coffee which are cost competitive.
Moreover, part of the agency’s role is to increase the volume of production, as part of its enhancement and expansion program.
While the provincial government has projects of its own in helping the vegetable and coffee farmers including the development of the vegetable and coffee industry, it has common and complementary objectives with the DA in achieving greater production of such commodities towards high quality production at the same time achieving financial viability for the farmers.
Early on, the provincial board through Resolution Number 14-388 authorized Governor Nestor Fongwan to enter into a MOA with DA Secretary Proceso Alcala on the said project.
The provincial government proposed the project which passed evaluation by the DA High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).
DA-HVCDP Regional Field Office – Cordillera Region will provide necessary technical support and monitor implementation of the project.
The provincial government will prepare the guidelines for the successful implementation of the project./JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet