PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — The Philippines and Papua New Guinea on Friday signed a five-year Memorandum Of Agreement ( MOA ) for greater cooperation on agriculture.
Among the areas of cooperation under the agreement include tie-up on rice and grain production including the development of hybrid species; production of coconut, cocoa, coffee, rubber, and palm oil; horticulture production; aquaculture and inland fish farming; post-harvest development; livestock breeding; and improvement in breeding cattle and goat.
The agreement also covers training on bio-security mechanism and systems for monitoring including sanitary and phytosanitary measures; agribusiness development; infrastructure development such as irrigation facilities and abattoirs; and agricultural research, education, and training.
The cooperation will also cover investment in agriculture; exchange of professionals, scientists, and technicians; transfer of genetic materials and technology; exchange of scientific and technical information; and collaboration on studies and research.
Both parties can also organize workshops, symposia, training courses, and exhibition on related subjects.
Under the agreement, the sending country shall cover the expenses for international travels and related cost while the receiving state shall be responsible for the expenses related to transportation and board and lodging.
On Friday, Philippine officials inspected the 25-hectare Philippines-Papua New Guinea Rice Demonstration Farm located inside the Pacific Adventist University outside Port Moresby.
The leased facility aims to establish a model seed farm that can be a source of certified rice seeds for commercial and smallholder farmers of Papua New Guinea.
In August this year, under a rice cooperation agreement between the two countries, the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Agriculture (DA) sent 19 Filipino farm technicians and tax-free supplies and equipment to Port Moresby to spearhead the development of the demo farm, which includes irrigation and planting of initial rice seeds.
This rice demonstration farm will be showcased during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in Port Moresby on November 17 and 18, 2018.
Among the Filipino officials who visited the farm were Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Spokesperson and Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol. ###PND