DOST okays 3M budget for Barili and Argao’s COVID-19 response

CTU Barili and Argao’s COVID-19 response projects are set in motion after the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) approved 3- million budget on July 30th.

In the hopes to equip farmers with the proper management techniques for crop production and at the same time process the produce into nutrient-rich products that will be sold at a very reasonable price to frontliners, the department granted 1.6 million for the project: “From Backliners to Frontliner: Help a Farmer to Help Frontliners” of CTU Barili.

Meanwhile, CTU Argao’s “Strategies and Practices of Local Govt Units to Assist Farmers in Marketing Selected Locally Produced Vegetables in Cebu During the COVID-19 Pandemic” was granted 1.5 million to develop policies for proper marketing of perishable goods, especially during the pandemic to avoid over supply and subsequent agribusiness failures.

The projects are under the program “Good Agri-Aqua Livelihood Initiatives towards National Goals (GALING)-PCAARRD” that will run for 12 months. Respondents will be from the 15 farming households in Barili and farmer respondents from Dalaguete.

Project implementers shall start their project in September. Pet Roey Pascual/ICPA Barili