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DA signs food production deals with companies

January 25, 2022 - Tuesday 5:01 PM by GDM

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday said it has sealed separate partnerships with three private entities as part of the ongoing efforts of the government to ensure sufficient supply of safe, quality, and affordable food.
 
In a statement, the DA said the companies that it partnered with “share the same vision towards sustainable food items for Filipinos across the country.”
 
Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed three Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and Pilmico Foods Corporation, TriMerA Integrated Farm, and the SM Super Malls, focused on the establishment of various Urban Agriculture (UA) projects.
 
Under the partnership with DA, TriMerA will identify an area suitable for rabbit production and train personnel who will also serve as trainors to other enthusiasts in the future.
 
TriMera will sustain the operation of the project through dissemination of new stocks from the project beneficiaries, lead the marketing and distribution of the produce.
 
SM Supermalls, under a separate agreement, will take the lead in the establishment of a food garden, which aims to serve as source of safe, accessible, and affordable food to households and communities in the urban areas.
 
The garden will also provide additional income to project participants, who will undergo training and capacity enhancement from DA.
 
To address the social and economic needs of various stakeholders, DA, Aboitiz, and Pilmico concurred to work together to attain a food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous and empowered farmers and fishers, by setting up livelihood projects by building urban and peri-urban gardens.
 
Under the agreement, Aboitiz and Pilmico will provide packages for egg and swine production, and aquaponics farming systems.

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