NegOcc upbeat on agri dev’t partnership with Taiwan

By Erwin Nicavera

April 25, 2019, 1:49 pm

<p><strong>AGRI TALKS.</strong> A presentation on agriculture in Negros Occidental during the  Philippine-Taiwan Agriculture Forum held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City on Wednesday afternoon (April 24, 2019). Both Negros Occidental and Taiwan produce agricultural crops, such as pineapples, mushrooms, and vegetables, among others. <em>(Photo courtesy of NegOcc-PIO)</em></p>

AGRI TALKS. A presentation on agriculture in Negros Occidental during the  Philippine-Taiwan Agriculture Forum held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City on Wednesday afternoon (April 24, 2019). Both Negros Occidental and Taiwan produce agricultural crops, such as pineapples, mushrooms, and vegetables, among others. (Photo courtesy of NegOcc-PIO)

BACOLOD CITY -- The Negros Occidental provincial government is working for a cooperation and partnership with Taiwan to further develop its agriculture sector.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., speaking at the Philippine-Taiwan Agriculture Forum held at the Capitol Social Hall here Wednesday afternoon, said Taiwan and Negros Occidental have many things in common.

He noted that both areas produce agricultural crops, such as pineapples, mushrooms, and vegetables, among others.

“They grow it there in Taiwan in a most efficient and very scientific way. We hope they can also share their agriculture expertise to us here in Negros Occidental,” the governor said.

The Taiwanese delegation presented their best practices in agriculture which can be replicated by the province during the forum attended by local agriculture industry stakeholders, mostly farmers.

Taiwan's head of delegation, Dr. Wang Chun-Hsiung, who is also adviser of Safe and Modern Agriculture Technology Promotion Society, said they have been helping develop young farmers in Taiwan.

Wang, also an expert in agriculture extension and past Agriculture Bureau Chief of Taichung City, said their national and local governments have a joint effort to support the development of young farmers in Taiwan.

The Council of Agriculture of Taiwan allocates an annual fund equivalent to PHP8.5 million to serve as credit facility to support each of the selected 100 outstanding young farmers.

“Nurturing young farmers is now a very grave responsibility not only in Taiwan but all over the world. We hope to start a good link here especially for the development of young farmers to become successful,” wang added.

Dr. Ma Yu-Ann, chairman of Central Taiwan Agricultural Cooperative, said they are pushing for sustainable development and eco-friendly farming practices like minimizing the amount of chemical fertilizer and developing biological control.

Ma showed some of the farming practices in Taiwan, including the technologies they use.

He underscored the importance of producing high quality and safe crops, using more local crops, knowing more about hard working farmers, and having a healthy life, among others.

Part of the forum was a sharing and discussion of best practices of young farmers in Negros Occidental and Taiwan.

Other officials who attended the gathering were former governor and investment promotions consultant Rafael Coscolluela, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, Bing Ponce de Leon of the Negros Economic Development Foundation and Bacolod Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Alfredo Barcelona. (PNA)

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