RP, Brazil to sign two agreements on agricultural development

June 22, 2009 8:50 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, June 22 — Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) covering cooperation in agricultural development will be signed between the Philippines and Brazil when to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visits Brasilia this week, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The first MOU is between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Ministerio da Agricultura, Pecuaria de Abastecimento).

This MOU on Cooperation on Agriculture is a collaboration covering livestock and animal health, biofuel feedstock and development, dairy, horticulture, food safety, agribusiness management, DFA said.

It will also include sustainable land management, genetics and biotechnology, processing and post-harvest technologies and agricultural machineries, and plant and animal science.

The other MOU is between the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC) and the Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria), or the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA).

Under the first MOU on plant and animal science, the two countries will consider disease control, quarantine, pest surveillance, pest risk analysis, and cooperation in inspection procedures for international transit of animal and plants products and agricultural inputs.

The MOU will also enable the Philippines and Brazil “to share experiences and best practices in enhancing agricultural productivity and promote trade and investment in the field of agriculture. “

The second MOU between the PADCC and EMBRAPA will allow the two countries to cooperate in science and technology through joint projects in the fields of agriculture and natural resources.

The purpose is to broaden the existing knowledge base on sustainable agricultural development and institutional strengthening, according to DFA.

The MOU stipulates that both will also cooperate closely in joint research, information exchange and technology transfer in, among others, high-value crops, fisheries, livestock, biofuels, and other agricultural crops.

An exchange of scientists, experts and trainees, the organization of symposia and conferences, the joint publication of studies and papers, conduct of agricultural trade fairs and exhibitions, joint ventures is also committed by the two countries.

Cooperation with EMBRAPA include training, technical assistance, germplasm exchange, provision of equipment, bibliography and technology commercialization.

Aside from the two MOUs on agriculture, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo will sign with his counterpart an agreement that would allow dependents of embassy personnel to have jobs in their respective host country.

The Philippines has similar agreement allowing jobs for dependents with the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Spain and the Netherlands. (PNA)

DCT/GJB

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