By Tara Yap
Iloilo City— The project funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for upland farmers in Panay Island is one of the top-performing projects implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Remelyn Recoter, DA’s Western Visayas regional director, said the Panay Island Upland Sustainable Rural Development Project (PIU-SRDP) came out during DA’s mid-year assessment as one of the efficient projects for the first six months.
“We hope to share best practices. which are worth emulating by other regions,” said Recoter.
DA-6 Regional Technical Director Manuel Olanday earlier explained to Manila Bulletin that PIU-SRDP is a five-year project that improves income generation for upland farming communities as well as boost food security by improving productivity.
PIU-SRDP has been implemented in upland barangays (villages) of Alimodian town, Iloilo province; Patnongon town, Antique province; and Jamindan and Tapaz towns in Capiz province.
PIU-SRDP is now on its third phase of implementation, which will focus on marketing improvement projects such as establishing Ten Bayanihan Tipon Centers and one Local Food Terminal.
These will enhance marketing system in the upland communities as well as consumption of local foods, patronize upland farmers’ products while strengthening linkages to institutional buyers.