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Positive Western Visayas agri outlook seen

Building the Halal industry in the Philippines can strategically create more jobs, facilitate investment and revenue, and strengthen the culture.

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KALIBO, Aklan — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas is optimistic that a positive outlook for agricultural products and increased yield of farmers and food security in the region will be felt next year.

DA Western Visayas regional field unit executive director Remelyn Recoter disclosed that among those important projects they had undertook recently is the seminar on halal food safety, programs under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Sub Projects on IBuild and IReap for Turn Over and Groundbreaking and the increase of yield of the hybrid palay demo project in Aklan.

“The three PRDP sub projects in Negros Occidental includes trhe Sagay City Feeder Port/Fish Landing (P153 million), Himogaan, Toboso Bridge (P39.6 million) and Punta Salong, Manapla Farm to Market Road (P48.5 million). IReap SP for turnover is Native Chicken Breeding Production and Marketing Enterprise (P10.49 million) and for groundbreaking, Caridad Swine Breeding Facilities (P15.1 million),” Recoter said.

The total PRDP SP turned over and groundbreaking amounted to P267 million.

A proponent group, La Castellana 1Personnel MPC received second tranche checks totaling P3.39 million for the Swine Integrated Enterprise, procurement of 100 breeder gilts and 3 boars and feeds.

A PRDP funded projects with counterpart funds from PLGU and the recipients.

Also discussed were the Province-Led Agriculture and Fisheries Extension System, 2022 Small Scale Irrigation Projects, High Value Crops and Rabbit Production.

On Monday, the DA also supported the growing industry of Halal products and securing food safety from production to consumption, the DA Western Visayas through its Regulatory Division conducted a two-day training seminar on Halal and Food Safety Certification Skills and Capability Enhancement among 30 agricultural stakeholders of the region.

Meantime, regulatory division chief Dr. Jonic Natividad said that building the Halal industry in the Philippines can strategically create more jobs, facilitate investment and revenue, and strengthen the culture.

The DA-WV is educating the public on the RA 10817 or the Philippines Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016.

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