Japan approves P85.5-M for pesticide analyzer of prime commodity exports to Japan

March 9, 2012 12:43 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, March 08 —The Government of Japan has approved funding of P85.5 million for the upgrading of two pesticide laboratories of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)to be undertaken during a two-year period, the Japanese embassy said.

The funds will be used to procure and install sophisticated analytical equipment that will improve the analytical capability of the National Pesticide Analytical Laboratory (NPAL) building in Quezon City and the Davao Pesticide Analytical Laboratory (DPAL) in Davao City.

Both laboratories are accredited to conduct analysis of prime commodities like mango, okra and asparagus, for export to Japan, and eventually, other agricultural products. They have also received funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Mango and okra are current major Philippine exports to Japan.

The embassy said the funding would “improve the country’s adherence to bilateral commitments, particularly to the Government of Japan, through the export of safe products and enhance food safety in export commodities and in local produce for consumers.”

The project shall develop and validate methods in detecting more pesticide residues as well as improve the analytical capabilities of NPAL and DPAL for reliable and accurate pesticide residue analysis results, the embassy said.

The fund is under the Food Security Program for Underprivileged Farmers of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), as proposed by the Laboratory Services Division of the Department of Agriculture’s BPI.

The Quezon City building is the central laboratory conducting analysis for pesticide formulation and pesticide residues present in agricultural commodities.

According to the embassy, “this project augurs well for the Philippine Government’s adherence to its commitment to the Japanese Government by providing safe produce for its consuming public through the export of mangoes, okra and asparagus.

”Furthermore, it would result to the global competitiveness of the Philippines’ export commodities, help improve the income of Filipino farmers and other stakeholders and consequently result to economic gains for the Philippines.”

For more than three decades, the Food Security Program (formerly known as the 2KR Program) has made a positive impact on the livelihood of Filipino farmers. (PNA)

RSV/GJB

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