DA allots ₱360M to improve production of selected high-value crops

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) — The Department of Agriculture has allocated ₱360 million to fund programs that would address issues affecting the production of some high-value crops.

In a memorandum circular, the DA said the Productivity Enhancement Project under Bayanihan to Recover as One Act aims “to increase the volume of production and improve the productivity of selected high-value crops.”

The program will focus on crops, namely banana, bamboo, mango, and onion, and address issues on pests and diseases, poor farm management, and lack of planting materials for expansion to ensure a stable food supply.

Broken down, ₱220 million has been allocated for the banana industry, ₱55 million each for the bamboo and mango industries, and ₱30 million for onion production.

The program also includes the development of technology and post-harvest processing systems that could boost the income of farmers.

Eligible beneficiaries include farmers associations or cooperatives registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Cooperative Development Authority, or the Department of Labor and Employment, State Universities and Colleges, and local government units.

The DA’s High-Value Crops Development Program-Program Management Office shall oversee and monitor the implementation of the program. On the other hand, the regional field offices shall come up with a list of beneficiaries and submit a monthly accomplishment report, among others.