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PCAF, abaca stakeholders hold dialogue in Catanduanes

By Edna Bagadiong


VIRAC, Catanduanes --- The Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) conducted a three-day forum and dialogue with abaca stakeholders in the province at E-Crown Hotel on May 30.


In his message, Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua expressed his appreciation to the organizers of the Abaca National Stakeholders’ Dialogue for holding the said activity in the province being the Abaca Capital of the country.


Cua said that the activity would provide valuable insights to the participants to propel the abaca industry in the province.


He also expressed hope that the event will pave way for more collaboration and cooperation that will aid in improving the lives of the local farmers and entrepreneurs through the different innovative approaches, policies, and interventions.


During the program, PCAF presented the current status of the abaca industry in the country and showcased research on best practices, policies, action plans, strategies, and the implications of malpractices in the industry.


PCAF is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture.


Present during the forum were Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFIDA) Executive Director Annray Rivera, PhilFIDA OIC-Regional Director Mary Ann R. Molina, as well as officials from provincial offices and national agencies.


Also in attendance were members of the National Banner Program Committee on High Value Crops – Fiber Crops, Agricultural, and Fishery Council (AFC) sectoral representatives, and private sectors involved in abaca production, processing, and marketing. (PIA5/Catanduanes)


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