Issue of March 10, 2019
     
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DA, Korean partners launch smart farming project in CAR
by Carlito C. Dar / PIA

The Department of Agriculture, in partnership with Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) and Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service (EPIS) launched on Friday, a smart farming technology that will enhance the productivity and production of high quality tomatoes.

Located at the Bureau of Plant Industry compound along Guisad Valley in Baguio City, the Smart Greenhouse Philippines Project has a total cost of P122.29 million with 70 percent share from the government of Korea through Koice and 30 percent from Korean private companies Info Valley Korea Co. Ltd and Shinhan A-Tec Co. Ltd.

The smart farming facility with Korean advanced technology has eight greenhouses that will also be used for farmers’ education and training and one greenhouse for research and development.

Initially, four farmer groups from Benguet will be involved in the project and three buyers for the facility’s production. It is estimated that production will be at least one ton of Korean tomato variety per week.

DA officials headed by Sec. Emmanuel Piñol, Koice Philippines Deputy Country Director Lee Sangback, EPIS Vice President Park Kyungah and Benguet Gov. Crescencio Pacalso   led the project launching.

Piñol said the project is part of DA’s effort to modernize agriculture towards improving the country’s food production, at the same time help people in the agriculture sector to earn more.

“The role of the Department of Agriculture is to produce food for the country and ensure that food producers are also lifted from poverty,” Piñol said.

This is the first project of its kind in the country. Piñol said he asked the South Korean government to replicate the project and establish more smart farming facilities in other parts of the country.

Pacalso expressed the province’s gratitude to DA and their Korean partners for the project and assured their full support for the success and achievement of the project’s goal.


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