The Department of Agriculture (DA) will soon pursue climate-resilient agricultural technologies and systems to sustain productivity in order to ensure food security and increase farmers’ income.
“Extreme weather, widely considered as the ‘new normal,’ has already and will continue to impact on the country’s agriculture and fishery sector, and national food security,” said agriculture secretary William D. Dar.
“All members of the DA Family should adapt to our ‘new thinking for agriculture’ and imbibe the eight paradigms to attain our vision of a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk,” Secretary Dar added.
Respectively, the DA family consists of regional field offices (RFOs), bureaus, attached agencies and corporations, commodity banner programs, DA-OSEC services and other units, and foreign- and locally-funded projects .
Moreover, DA Secretary reminded the said agencies to transform and adjust in order to pursue and level-up climate-resilient agriculture.
“The expansion and upscaling of the DA Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA) strategy to municipal, provincial and regional levels to test climate-resilient agriculture programs,” the Secretary ordered.
In pursuing the climate-resilient agricultural technologies and systems, more AMIA villages are being created.
These villages are where the climate-resilient agricultural programs are pilot-tested.
“In all, we should provide farmers and fisherfolk and LGUs weather information and advisories to optimize production and minimize losses,” Dar mentioned.
More Climate-Resilient Agricultural Initiatives
• DA-PhilRice to provide farmers climate-resilient seed varieties to make them more productive and competitive;
• DA-PhilMech to provide farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) post-harvest facilities and other farm machineries to improve the coping ability of vulnerable communities;
• DA-ACPC to develop adaptation financing packages to suit the needs of vulnerable farmers, within and outside AMIA areas: and
• DA-PCIC to insure beneficiaries and compensate