Korea builds agriculture institution office in Los Baños
To further extend its support services, research and knowledge transfer to the Filipino farmers, the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) officially inaugurated its new KOPIA Center Philippines office at the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) office in Los Baños Laguna.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who was present during the inauguration, shared the importance of the long-term partnership between the Department of Agriculture and KOPIA.
“We can learn a lot from the Koreans. Their farmers are very well organized and well represented. Their competent farmers’ groups engage in various aspects of agriculture including banking, crop insurance, logistics, and production support,” he said.
KOPIA was established through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA) Korea and DA.
It aims to enhance the capacity in rice research and development as well as boost its production while sharing agricultural technologies to help attain rice self-sufficiency.
The KOPIA center is said to be a symbol of South Korea’s support and gratitude to the Philippines for sharing its farming technologies and for developing the rice seeds that helped the country alleviate hunger and malnutrition in 1970s.