The High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) under the Department of Agriculture is working closely with provincial and municipal agriculture offices to revisit blueprints on high value crops development in the region.
Joan Bacbac, Regional HVCDP focal person, said that the provincial meetings discussed the status of current projects being implemented in the region as well as production interventions to be endorsed for final approval. The priority commodities of each province were also subjected for revisions and reprogramming.
Foremost, the consultation also discussed the inclusion of heirloom rice varieties as high value crops.
The inclusion of heirloom rice varieties in the High Value Crops Development program was directly mandated by the Department Secretary, Emmanuel F. Piñol, himself.
To date, the HVCDP had conducted several meetings in the provinces of Ifugao, Abra, Mt. Province, and Benguet. Apayao and Kalinga is set on September 27 to 28 and September 28 to 29, 2016 respectively.
Nevertheless, the HVCDP will continuously implement and conduct its mandate to help address food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable growth by promoting the production, processing, marketing and distribution of high value crops. Strategically, it helps to increase income, create livelihood opportunity and contribute to national agricultural development of the Philippines. // Danica Tomin