Thursday, October 05, 2006

High-class agricultural practice, an engine for rural progress – Panganiban

Agriculture Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban has urged for strong participation of agriculture sector in high-class agricultural practice in their operation that would transform free global trade into an engine for rural progress.

In his welcoming remarks, in the opening of 'Capacity Building on Good Agricultural Practices for Developing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economies' held in Pasig City, Panganiban stressed the need for comprehensive farm and fishery policies to ensure that our people will be able to profit from our competitive advantages.

"We want to provide our farmers and fishers the opportunity to compete in the global market through a good agricultural practice (GAP) that is people-centered and globally recognized," Panganiban said.Free trade and cooperation continues to drive much of the economic reforms now undertaken by my developing APEC nations, including the Philippines, he said.

But free international trade can only work if all nations possess the capacity to produce commodities that are equal to the standards of the open market, Panganiban added.For this, the DA has been promoting GAP on a more comprehensive scale, he added.

Our involvement in international cooperation toward this end is the establishment of the ASEAN GAP, which ASEAN senior agriculture and forestry officials endorsed in a special meeting held here three weeks ago, Panganiban said.

He said that "consumer lifestyles in the region and throughout the world are driving the demand for assurance that food is safe to eat, and is of the best possible quality.""Consumers also demand food that is produced in a manner that does not harm the environment, or jeopardize the safety and welfare of farmers, fishers and other workers in food production and trade," the secretary added.

With these valid demands, small farmers, fishers, and agribusiness firms are facing a big challenge in the developing countries of APEC, Panganiban said.

With system now in place, Panganiban is confident that in time, all these present efforts will combine to bring more global competitive Filipino commodities to the international market.

With this gathering, designed to facilitate a free and constructive exchange of view on GAP, it will help to strengthen the shared commitment by which the APEC continues to prosper, Panganiban said.


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AGRI-INFO/OCTOBER 5, 2006


TITLE: HIGH CLASS AGRICULTURAL PRACTICE, AN ENGINE FOR RURAL PROGRESS


ALAM BA NINYO ANG MAITUTURING NA SUSI PARA MATIYAK ANG KAUNLARAN SA MGA KANAYUNAN?

ITO AY ANG TINATAWAG NA HIGH-CLASS AGRICULTURAL PRACTICE SA HANAY NG MGA MAGSASAKA PARA MAGKAROON NG SAPAT NA PAGKAKATAON NA MAKALAHOK SA PANDAIGDIGANG KALAKALAN SA LARANGAN NG SAKAHAN.

SA KANYANG PAGSASALITA SA PAGBUBUKAS NG “CAPACITY BUILDING ON GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES FOR DEVELOPING ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION ECONOMIES” BINIGYANG DIIN NI DA SECRETARY DING PANGANIBAN ANG PANGANGAILANGAN NG KUMPREHENSIBONG POLISIYA SA SAKAHAN AT PANGISDAAN.

ANG GANITONG MGA HAKBANG AY NAGLALAYONG MAKINABANG ANG ATING MGA KABABAYANG MAGSASAKA AT MANGINGISDA SA KABILA NG MATINDING KUMPETISYON SA KANILANG KABUHAYAN.

AYON SA KALIHIM, MAINAM NA MABIGYAN NG PAGKAKATAON ANG ATING MGA KABABAYAN SA LARANGAN NG PAGSASAKA NA MAKIPAG-KUMPETISYON SA GLOBAL MARKETSA PAMAMAGITAN NG MAGANDANG PAMAMARAAN NG PANSAKAHAN.

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