Agrikulturang Pinoy (Agri-Pinoy)



Agri-Pinoy is the strategic framework for all functions and programs of the Department of Agriculture.  A set of principles and practices for the optimum development of Philippine resources, natural and human, to meet Philippine goals in agriculture and fisheries.  These four guiding principles are:  


    1) Food security and self-sufficiency 
    2) Sustainable agriculture and fisheries
    3) Natural resource management
    4) Local development.



1. Food security and self-sufficiency

    · Accessible, affordable, safe and nutritious food (especially staple food) for all Filipinos.
    · “Sapat, ligtas at abot-kayang pagkain para sa lahat ng Pilipino”.
    · Minimize our dependence on food imports.

2. Sustainable agriculture and fisheries

    · Consider the limited carrying capacity of our natural resources while increasing the  
      capabilities of our human resources.
    · Sustainability is both ecological and economic.

3. Natural resource management

    · Manage our natural resource endowments and “optimize” their development, to enhance their 
      competitive advantage while insuring that they are not exhausted.

4. Local development

    · Agriculture and fisheries are site specific.
    · Agri-fisheries development should be integrated into local development plans, using an eco-system framework of governance and development.


Thrust and Priorities


1.  FOOD SECURITY

Pursue the Rice Self-Sufficiency Program

Key Strategies:

    · Expand areas planted with high yielding variety seeds coupled with location-specific interventions (ordinary 
      seeds →quality seeds; hybrid)
    · Generate new, rehabilitate and restore existing irrigation areas;
    · Provide postharvest facilities;
    · Construct and rehabilitate more farm-to-market roads; and
    · Implement NFA reforms


Livestock

Key Strategies:

    · Improvement of genetic materials
    · Disease prevention, control and eradication
    · Establishment of meat centers (w/ slaughterhouse, cutting floor,  cold storage, and processing/packaging plant)

Corn

Key Strategies:

    · Provision of open-pollinated variety as support to white corn
    · Provision of planting materials for cassava as corn substitute
    · Farm mechanization
    · Provision of postharvest facilities


High Value Commercial Crop


Key Strategies:

    · Provision of quality seeds and planting materials
    · Construction of production, postharvest facilities and trading centers
    · Intensify extension services

Fisheries

Key Strategies:

    · Maintenance and operation of existing mariculture parks
    · Establishment of seaweed nurseries
    · Provision of training and technical assistance
    · Establishment of multi-species hatcheries
    · Implementation of Coastal Resource Management projects
    · Ensure compliance with global food safety standards
    · Pursue bilateral talks with neighboring coastal states for fishing access
    · Actively participate in the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI)

2.  CORE PUBLIC INVESTMENT
    
     Rationalize government support & investments on the following priorities:

                 Irrigation                                       Farm-to-market roads
                 Fish ports                                     Postharvest facilities
                 Trading Centers                           Research and development
                 Extension services                       Regulatory and quarantine services
                 High-quality genetic materials

3.  CLIMATE CHANGE
   
     Imperatives:

        · Risk Assessment and Disaster Management
        · Quality Infrastructure
        · Investment in Technology Development and Extension:
        · Development of crops, livestock, and fish varieties that are able to adapt to the changing environment
        · Weather-based insurance
        · Strengthen and modernize data collection
        · Intensify IEC efforts to all stakeholders


4.  ENABLING FARMER'S CHOICE & DIVERSIFICATION
     
    The shift to organic farming shall be encouraged, however, the right of choice of farmers to adopt different production systems shall be respected.
        · Commercial establishment of Modified Rapid Composting Production Farms;
        · Establishment of community-based composting facilities;
        · Advocacy and training, publication, and promotion;
        · Subsidy for certification of organic products and organic farms; and
        · Administrative support to the National Organic Agricultural Board.

5.  CONVERGENCE INITIATIVES

The three principal rural development agencies, DA, DAR and DENR, have agreed to take the Convergence Initiative to a higher level.  There will be harmonization of our support services at the field level that would result to the elimination of wasteful duplication, better quality of service and wider coverage.  This will substantially increase the real presence of government in the rural areas.