THE Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) is promoting local agricultural and livestock products to raise income of farmers, mainly those in Quirino Province.
On September 15, Koica held an agricultural value-chain workshop in Manila to promote the Quirino Integrated Rural Development Project (QIRDP)-Phase 2 outcomes and increase local farmers’ pay.
The project, valued at $10.95 million and slated to conclude in 2024, contributes to the added value in the agricultural and livestock industries of the project area by supporting the (1) introduction of an agroforestry-based farming model, (2) distribution of high-quality breeds through its “Cattle Breeding Center” with equipment provision, and (3) establishment of the agricultural- and livestock-produce processing “Q-LiFE Center.”
The workshop aimed to secure distribution and sales channels for agricultural and livestock products processed at the Q-LiFE Center which was established with Koica’s support, and highlight the project’s accomplishment. The agency promoted 20 products—including six types of meat products; eight types of breads, ginger tea, and fruit juice; as well as other processed items.
An investment forum that targeted agricultural buyers to secure additional sales channels was also organized.
Notably, Koica aided an online-store launch of 27 food items and 19 eco-friendly agricultural and livestock products produced in Quirino through an e-commerce platform.
Officials who attended the event included Ambassador Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea, Country Director Kim Eun-sub of Koica Phils., Undersecretary Deogracias Victor B. Savellano of the Department of Agriculture, and Governor Dakila Cua of Quirino.
Lee lauded the successful completion of the Q-LiFE Center. He noted that the agricultural and livestock products displayed were “[symbols] of hope and growth.“
“As the Philippines and [Republic of Korea march toward the 75th year of mutual ties in 2024, let us continue to build, deepen, and boost their harmonious relationship…]” the envoy added.
For his part, Kim expressed his pleasure in carrying out the QIRDP’s second phase, and in sharing its significant achievements: “A deep cooperative relationship between the Republic of Korea and the Philippines was established through this project with the provincial government of Quirino.”
After the workshop, this Koica project, which is nearing completion, will examine its final outcomes while continuing the monitoring of beneficiary farms, the support of remaining equipment, and additional capacity-building training.