PRDP to use science-based tools to benefit more farmers – DA

February 3, 2015 3:17 am 

MANILA, Feb. 2 — The Department of Agriculture on Monday said that science will play a big role in the implementation of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) for the benefit of the farmers.

Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad said that the agency will use science-based tools to strategically put in place interventions and assistance that will benefit a substantial number of farmers especially in the countryside.

The Agriculture official especially noted the use of geo-tagging in the supervision of PRDP projects.

Perfected under PRDPs precursor, the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP), geo-tagging applies global positioning system (GPS) technology to map out subprojects being implemented through the program.

The use of this technology enables the local government, from the barangay to the provincial units, to monitor the progress and implementation of the projects.

“Through the PRDP, the DA aims for a modern, inclusive and climate-smart agriculture sector,” Palad said.

The PRDP is a six-year national government platform for an inclusive, value-chain oriented and climate resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

An upscale version of the MRDP, it introduced new innovations to address the present demand to make rural development more achievable, especially in the face of climate change.

So far the PRDP has exceeded its targeted areas for engagement for the project’s first year.

For the project’s official first year, July 2014 to June 2015, the planning component targeted to engage 20 of the total 80 provinces in the country.

But as of end of December 2014, the project has already engaged 66 provinces, with 29 of these having a provincial commodity investment plan approved by their provincial development council,

Meanwhile, Palad said that that the DA is very focused in its goals of not just helping helping Filipino farmers and fishers through enterprise and investments, but also to capacitate and help them improve their craft.

“The DA likewise continues to further address production, logistics and post-harvest problems through the establishment of strategic infrastructure like farm-to-market roads, communal irrigation systems and post-harvest facilities among others,” he said as he encouraged more participation in the PRDP program.

“I urge for the cooperation of every one so that we would be be able to upgrade our farmers’ and fishers’ competence in production, value adding and marketing through the assistance of the PRDP,” Palad said. (PNA)

LGI/CMR

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