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DA discusses modernization plans for aggie sector

The Department of Agriculture recently facilitated manufacturers’ forum joined by industry representatives from plastic, steel, and other raw materials to discuss measures that will improve the relationship between manufacturers and agriculture players in the country.

Among the issues discussed was the growing need for farm mechanization which affect both sectors.

According to Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization Executive Director Rex L. Bingabing, among the thrusts of the government is to modernize farming practices in the country without affecting the livelihood of agriculture workers in the Philippines.

“We are aiming to localize the manufacturing of agri machineries to address the high initial cost and labor displacement that agri mechanization presents,” he said.

To do this, the DA is seeking to generate more jobs for farmers by establishing service centers of farm machineries that will be rolled out along with the modernization program.

The centers, he said, will ensure that those displaced by modernization efforts will still have income opportunities.

During the forum, issues like problems with the bidding process, challenges in distribution, and conflicting laws that hinders the local manufacturers and producers were also discussed. (ANGEL ONG)



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