A group of Taiwanese investors recently visited the Philippines for possible agricultural and fishery cooperation.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who hosted the Taiwanese delegation members during their inspection of various projects and facilities in Quezon province, said the visit aims to explore opportunities of possible partnerships or joint ventures in setting up agribusiness enterprises and mariculture parks, including sustained promotion and facilitation of trade between the two countries, and exchange of agricultural and fishery technical experts and trainees to share breakthroughs in their respective fields.
During their informal meeting in Quezon, Donald C.T. Lee, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, sought the DA chief’s advice on their plan to relocate an existing Taiwan-initiated hybrid corn demonstration farm in General Santos City.
Alcala told him it would be wise to maintain the demo farm in General Santos City, and suggested potential replication sites like the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) in Quezon, and two other agricultural schools in major corn-producing provinces.
He said the DA is keen on increasing the production of yellow corn for feed and white corn to complement rice as the country’s major staple, and the establishment of much-needed rice and corn postharvest and processing facilities.