Pinoy veggie growers told to look for markets in ASEAN region
Pinoy vegetable growers are now being encouraged to produce world-class products in order to penetrate other markets within the ASEAN region.
Jennifer Remoquillo, national program coordinator for High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), recently stressed that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is allocating a big chunk of the agency’s budget to encourage and enable vegetable growers to produce more.
She added that farmers need to organize themselves and work together to cope with the challenges of the ASEAN integration.
For his part, DA-Region 8 Executive Director U-Nichols Manalo said that while the integration poses a threat in the local vegetable industry, as products from other ASEAN member countries are expected to hit the Philippine markets, he sees this more as an opportunity to showcase our products in the international market.
“I see a lot of untapped potential in arable lands here. We can start by having quality produce then productivity will follow. We have introduced backyard farming for housewives so that they can grow their own safe and fresh food as well as to save from their food expenses.” he said.
The Vegetable Congress recently took place to gather vegetable farmer practitioners, farming enthusiasts, traders, the academe, scientists, and farmer-scientists who share their best practices towards the betterment of the industry.