By Lilybeth G. Ison
Since the start of the administration of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has formulated an overall framework called “Agri-Pinoy”, which gears towards food security and food self-reliance in the country.
DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said Agri-Pinoy focuses on sustaining agricultural development initiatives especially in strategic production areas of the country and at the same time strengthening partnership between and among local government units (LGUs), farmers association, as well as private sectors in generating income and livelihood opportunities to help reduce poverty and hunger.
With these goals in mind, the DA does not only focuses on interventions toward attaining food security and local development, but promotes sustainable agricultural development as well, he said.
Alcala said on top of DA’s agenda is food security, which means meeting the food requirements of the present and future generations of Filipinos in substantial quantity, ensuring the availability and affordability of food to all, at all times.
For the Agri-Pinoy rice program, the DA has provided high quality seeds to some 1,040,215 farmers covering a total area of 1,560,323 hectares nationwide.
A total of 14,835 hectares and 60,074 hectares irrigation facilities were also restored and rehabilitated, respectively, which will help increase rice productivity and cropping intensity. This has benefited some 40,049 farmers.