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Mar 30, 2016 @ 4:39

PH agri suffers from poor research, weak regulation

The trade department and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) have listed agriculture research and regulation as weak points in the development of the agriculture sector from traditional farming to competitive agribusiness.

Businessworld quoted Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal as saying that the constraints, which affects the manufacturing sector, would be addressed.

Cristobal spoke during a conference on the trade department’s Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy (CNIS) or action plan that links the manufacturing sector with the agricultural and services sectors.

“In the process, forward and backward linkages will be strengthened, supply chain gaps will be addressed and the industries’ participation in the global and regional value chains will be deepened,” Cristobal was quoted by Businessworld as saying.

Businessworld also reported that Roehlano Briones, PIDS senior research fellow, attributed the farmers’ inability to meet supply needs to lack of access to technologies, technical knowledge, quality inputs, and financing.

Briones said producers of highly perishable products such as fruits and vegetables were not backed up by logistics, transport and marketing services.

He said agricultural research and development has been insufficient, citing the absence of a rubber research institute, the poor regulatory services, and the lack of support for cacao processors.

“Development of the rural economy is a key factor for achieving inclusive growth. Agricultural development in the Philippine context involves transition from farming to agribusiness,” Briones was quoted as saying.


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