Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. William Dar
lauded the agriculture initiatives of the Province of Bohol as he capped his
two-day visit to this island province.
Gov. Arthur Yap met Dar at the Provincial
Capitol on Friday morning, where was briefed by way of a presentation about
Bohol’s programs on crops, livestock, poultry and fisheries, which are all
aligned with the DA’s 18 key strategies, centering on the agriculture sector’s
efforts in consolidation, modernization, industrialization, and
Dar told Yap that he is impressed with the
direction of the agriculture programs of the provincial government and cited
Bohol’s effort to focus on areas where it has a competitive advantage especially
in the agriculture sector.
Yap has an extensive background in agriculture
as he was a former agriculture secretary, which was why he was able to work on
filling the gaps in the value chain to boost the profitability of agricultural
Based on Yap’s presentation to Dar, rice, corn,
and root crops were identified as key commodities, which will be the focus of
Bohol’s food security program. For this reason, Bohol is investing in these
commodities to improve production and ensure the province’s competitive
advantage in the agriculture sector.
Furthermore, these identified commodities are
going to be the backbone of a robust feeds industry in the province, the
Impressed by the directions and programs of
Bohol, Dar agreed on the spot, to designate Bohol as the second province to
implement the Province-led Agri-Fishery Extension System Program (PAFES), which
is initiated by the DA.
“It is clear that the Provincial Government of
Bohol knows what it needs to strengthen regarding weaknesses in the production
and sales cycle of commodities so they have already done the first key critical
step: evaluating their needs and citing the gaps which they will need to work
on.” Dar emphasized.
“I am asking Gov. Yap to furnish us copies of
Bohol’s presentation so we can ask other stakeholders to analyze and prepare
their work programs along the same lines, harmonized with the DA’s 18 key
strategies. This will make analysis and funding of programs more justifiable.
For his part, Yap thanked Dar for taking the
time to visit Bohol and share his valuable insights on the province’s
agricultural directions moving forward.