DA-Caraga hosts 2021 food security confab

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 26 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga conducted on Apr. 21 the 2021 Regional Food Security Summit in Butuan spearheaded by the Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division aimed at addressing the issues hounding the agriculture industry and formulate solutions.

In his message, DA Secretary William D. Dar urged the stakeholders to actively participate in the discussions and contribute their inputs to come up with actions and strategies that will change the challenges into opportunities and steer the agriculture industry towards development.

On the other hand, DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo shared that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, agriculture performance has been good.

In fact, he said that rice production in the country for the year 2020 reached an all time high at 19.4 millon metric tons.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also estimates a production 4.57 million metric tons for January-March, a 7.2 increase from the previous quarter.

For corn, the PSA estimates a 2.50 million metric tons volume of production, which is a 9.0% increase from the previous quarter.

For vegetables, Monteagudo said prices have gone down and has been stable while for the fishing sector, he said, since it is now open season so it is expected that there will be more supply of fish and other fishery products. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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