2nd Qtr Assessment of the National HVCDP held in Mandaue City

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Created on Friday, 26 July 2019

DA's High Value Crops play big roles in the agriculture sector

"High value crops will have big roles in the agriculture sector".

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Evelyn Lavinia made this pronouncement during the opening program of the 2nd Quarter Assessment of the National High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) held in a hotel in Mandaue City on July 22, 2019.
Among the high value crops, Lavinia emphasized that vegetables, mangoes, cacao, coffee, bananas, fruits, onion, and garlic are considered priority commodities.

Lavinia added that these crops were also prioritized in other agencies like the Philippine Coconut Authority’s (PCA) cacao under coconut program. Also, in the tree planting activities of the government and the private sector, other high value fruit trees command a high demand, she said.

Likewise, she encouraged the program coordinators that aside from the physical and financial aspects of implementation, they must also look into the outcomes and results of the assistance provided to the farmers if these had helped them increase their income and improve their livelihood.

"I will also congratulate you for having achieved what has to be done for some of our crops like the garlic, onions and mangoes as these are hot commodities", Lavinia said to program coordinators.
Lavinia also cited that due to the mango rehabilitation project of the HVCDP, mangoes have produced good fruits thus increasing its production. In terms of garlic production, she said that the need of the market was almost or already achieved.

Regional Executive Director Salvador Diputado of DA-Central Visayas welcomed all the regional participants with high hopes that all of their targets for the advancement of the high value crops will be achieved. He encouraged the program coordinators to pursue more so that by the end of the year, we can at least achieved a close to 100 percent accomplishment.