Ushering the new year, Agriculture Secretary William Dar reported the plans and programs of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the coming months, including medium- and long-terms, during a press conference on January 3, 2020.
Dar issued Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2020 establishing the policy framework and strategies for inclusive agri-industrialization and "New Thinking for Agriculture."
The agri chief directed all DA-Regional Field Offices (RFOs), bureaus, attached agencies and corporations, DA-OSEC units, and foreign- and locally-assisted projects to adopt appropriate approaches and principles as the DA implements its programs based on the “New Thinking for Agriculture” and its eight paradigms.
Dar also mentioned several imperatives including the development of an improved national agriculture logistics system to speed up and reduce transport and distribution costs from production to consumption areas, including export destinations.
“We will continue to touch-base and strengthen our alliances with major agri-fishery stakeholders and partners via direct consultations, aware that their support and participation are vital and critical to the success of our programs,” Dar concluded.