Agro-biodiversity, livestock tackled in PH-France Forum
Agro-biodiversity, livestock, animal health, and market integration among small farmers were just some of the key things that were discussed during the Philippines-France Forum on Agriculture held last week.
The first session of the forum focused on agro-biodiversity. The presentation from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) on the sustainable land management and agricultural practices in the Philippines concluded the need for effective knowledge management, decision support, and an enabling environment for successful adoption and implementation of sustainable land management.
The French, on the other hand, presented the “4 per 1000” initiative implementation, to which the Philippines is a signatory.
Meanwhile, livestock and animal health was the main topic of the second session in which the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) shared the lessons learned from the recent Avian Influenza outbreak.
This was followed by the “Ecoantibio” plan presentation which details the French experience and national action of containing antimicrobial resistance in the veterinary sector.
At last, the third session tackled market integration of smallholder farmers in both countries.
DA presented its policies and programs, while France shared its policies aimed at modernizing family farms.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute, also presented a study on upgrading rice value chain in the Philippines.
The research underscored the importance of tailoring rice varieties to both market trends and the climate change to help rice farmers become more climate-resilient and competitive.
As innovations have been seen as one of key strategies to improve agricultural practices and sustainability, agricultural technology and modernization was discussed in the last session.