Government launches comprehensive color-coded agricultural guide (CCAG) map

The government launched a comprehensive color-coded agricultural guide (CCAG) map (right photo) that can pave the way for doubling rice production in the country crucial to ensure food security. “We expect rice production to double because of this map. If you are talking of 100-percent growth in rice production, just imagine how huge (its impact on agricultural growth),” said Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (left) in press conference held at DA head office, Elliptical Road, Quezon City) on Tuesday (March 7, 2017). The map identifies the agricultural areas that are naturally suitable for 20 crops. It can be used as guide in investment planning, research and development, infrastructure and disaster management. Piñol said the government spent PHP36 million to roll out the CCAG map under the DA’s project Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA). (PNA photo by Ben Briones)