QUEZON CITY -- The Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) released to the public its 20 newly-launched Philippine Commodity Industry Roadmaps (CIRs).
The CIRs, which were formulated by selected units of the Department of Agriculture (DA) with various industry stakeholders, were officially launched on June 17.
CIRs under the High Value Crops Cluster are focused on the abaca, coffee, cacao, vegetable, mango, banana, onion, and coconut industries.
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Cluster CIRs include shellfish, shrimp, seaweed, tilapia, and milkfish industries.
Dairy, carabao, yellow corn, small ruminants, hog, poultry broiler, and poultry layer CIRs fall under the Poultry, Livestock, and Corn Cluster.
All 20 CIRs, in common, aim for the commodity industries to:
● increase agricultural productivity;
● modernize farming tools, methods, and strategies;
● produce quality agricultural goods, whether raw o value-added;
● widen market reach;
● enhance global competitiveness;
● provide more job opportunities and income to farmers, fishers, and animal raisers;
● promote sustainable and environment-friendly agricultural production;
● fight malnutrition and other health concerns; and
● achieve food security, safety, and affordability to all Filipinos.
Meanwhile, the Poultry, Livestock, and Corn Cluster CIRs, with emphasis on yellow corn, are also expected to help curb the skyrocketing prices of animal feeds and other farm inputs, which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
“They are symbols of our commitment to push forward and operationalize the major strategies of the OneDA Reform Agenda,” said former DA Assistant Secretary-designate for Regulations and Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) OIC Executive Director Liza Battad during the official launch.
The CIRs are accessible to the public via http://www.pcaf.da.gov.ph/ (KYAVergara, DA-AFID)