The Philippines and the Republic of South Korea are intent on strengthening their agricultural collaboration in a bid to boost vegetable and garlic production in the country.
This is according to Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, who met with Kyu Seong Lee, the newly appointed director of the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Center in the Philippines in a courtesy call on Thursday.
“The Department of Agriculture, especially the Bureau of Plant Industry-Los Baños, would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the KOPIA Center – Philippines for your strong partnership and commitment in the implementation of various technical cooperation projects toward food security and increased productivity and income of Filipino farmers,” Dar said.
The program aims to overcome low productivity and insufficient income of local farmers in partner countries by providing customized agri-technology developed jointly by RDA experts and those in partner countries. KOPIA has established centers in 15 countries including the Philippines.