PNG officials check out PH’s latest rice farming, livestock technologies
Following the official visit of Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to the Philippines, two of its ministers headed to the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija to see the latest rice farming and livestock development technologies of the country.
To be specific, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol accompanied PNG Finance Minister James Marape and Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allan to the central stations of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and Philippine Carabao Center.
Prior to the visit, Piñol and Allan signed a Joint Declaration on Agriculture Cooperation in Malacañang to stipulate the two countries’ agricultural partnership particularly on rice farming. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and PM O’Neill witnessed the signing.
Under the joint cooperation, the Philippines’ Agriculture department will send young Filipino farmers to assist in the establishment of a rice model farm equipped with modern farming technology in PNG.
At least two million hectares will be developed into rice farms to fill in the national requirement of the country. Surplus will be sent to the Philippines.
“Agriculture should be visionary,” Piñol said.
Some of the highlights of the courtesy visit include a tour to PhilRice’s future rice farm which showcases the latest farm machines available locally, high-yielding rice varieties, traditional rice varieties and rice-based food products, Palayamanan products, and packages of technologies developed in partnership with the Central Luzon State University.
PhilRice also presented Kwebo, a typhoon-resistant drying and storage facility as well as other farm machineries.