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Partido District to launch food sufficiency program initiative

PILI, Camarines Sur, July 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol is resolute in his pronouncement of support to doable and viable agricultural programs of the province of Camarines Sur.

Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol
Speaking before Bicol Region governors, district representatives, party-list leaders and farmers at the Tapatan: Gobyerno at Mamamayan forum held at the RIARS Training Center, Dept. Of Agriculture-RFO-5, San Agustin, Pili, Cam.Sur, Piñol presented the agricultural agenda of the Department that calls for the "availability and affordability of food" for 105 million Filipinos.

"The DA will be President Duterte's arm in fulfilling his moral obligation to deliver food sufficiency to the people," he said.

This will be accomplished, through a paradigm shift that accords importance and attention to the challenge of climate change vis-a-vis the country's agricultural realities, and a back-to-basics approach that will focus mainly on the crops that grow best in the locality, he explained.

The thrusts and directions set by the Department aligns well with the Food Summit initiative mounted by former 4th District Representative Wimpy B. Fuentebella for Partido area, and now being continued by Congressman Noli Fuentebella, who drafted a unified food production convergence plan that addresses not only food security but also that of raising the purchasing power of the low-income sector and enabling agricultural stakeholders to contribute in responding to the province's high poverty incidence.

Partido is being eyed as food production hub. A convergence program on food sufficiency will be replicated by Cong. Noli Fuentebella together with the DAR, NIA, DTI, NFA, Cooperative Devt. Authority, Phil. Rice Research Institute to achieve vertical and horizontal alignments of development plans of the national, regional and provincial development councils. (by Kaylee T. San Jose)

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