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PLGU, TAM collaborate for agricultural concession projects

CABARROGUIS, Quirino (PIA) - - The provincial government here and the Tokushima Auction Market (TAM), a Japanese government-owned organization, recently signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration and cooperation on the development of calamansi production, Persian rice farming and other agricultural farming concessions in the province.

Yoshihisa Arai, president and CEO of TOKUSHIMA Auction Market, says the collaboration with Quirino LGU is needed to produce quality products.

Based on the MOU, TAM has represented itself to be financially and technically capable to successfully carry out such project and has the absorptive capacity to purchase all agricultural products to be harvested from the venture and agricultural products to be processed and manufactured.

According to TAM’s President and CEO Yoshihisa Arai, a memorandum of agreement will be signed after six months as discussions and planning are still ongoing and they are still waiting for the Quirino provincial government to identify the site for the project.

“Collaboration and partnership can bring much power. We are not only targeting small market but the global market so we need to collaborate to produce a high-quality product,” CEO Arai said.

On the other hand, Global Trade Venture Senior Consultant Kazuo Sato said they became interested to support the project when CEO Arai discussed with them about calamansi production and a market to buy calamansi products.

Sato further said that this region is very suitable for Persian rice farming and as manufacturing base of calamansi products.

Meanwhile, QMansi Owner and Manager, Engr. Roderick Mariano said, while waiting for the MOA, they need to work hand in hand with all the agencies concerned and the provincial government for the realization of the project.

“Honestly we don’t have yet the mechanics for the selection of the farms for the calamansi production, however  we will approach all the  municipal governments to encourage them to put up a cooperative who will govern the administration of every type of products that we intend to produce in the province,” Mariano added.

For his part, Governor Dax Cua has assured the provincial government support to the project and committed to take partnership with the Japanese government to uplift the life in the province and in Japan.

“If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from this Covid-19 pandemic, it is the reality that we are all one people in the world and we all need to work together, establish strong partnerships and strong linkages so that we can all collectively rise from the economic problems brought by the pandemic,” Cua said. (TCB/PIA Quirino)

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