DA to host 2-day abaca farming seminar in Kidapawan
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached agency, the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFiDA), is set to host a two-day seminar on abaca farming and its income opportunities.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said DA High Value Crops Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña and PhilFiDA Executive Director Kennedy Costales are now coordinating their efforts to make arrangements for the first-ever Abaca Farming Seminar to be held in Central Mindanao.
The seminar is scheduled on April 6 and 7 in Kidapawan City.
Piñol said the first day of the seminar, which will be held at the JC Complex along the national highway in Kidapawan City, will focus on lectures on what Abaca is, how to plant it, how to harvest it and its income opportunities.
The lecture will also include insurance coverage, easy access credit and marketing assistance.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will particularly give a briefing on how Abaca could be covered by insurance, while the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) will give a briefer on credit access.
PhilFiDA, for his part, will give out information on how to link farmers to the market.
“The second day will show actual demonstration on how to plant and how to harvest and strip the Abaca,” Piñol said.