DA-CAR outlines 2024 program


The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) reported a notable decrease in poverty incidence among farmers in the region. Regional Executive Director Atty. Jennilyn Dawayan , based her report on provided by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), stating a significant downward trend: from 36.8 percent in 2015 to 20.4 percent in 2018, and further down to 15.6 percent in 2021. These reports came during the Kapihan Sa Bagong
Pilipinas at the DA’s regional office on June 18. Moreover, the number of poor farmers has drastically reduced, from 120,600 farmers a in 2015 to 58,400 in 2018, and 47,200 in 2021.

Despite these improvements, challenges remain within the sector. The region’s economy showcased a growth rate of 6.9 percent in the 2023 Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP). The shares of major industries to the CAR economy include 7.7 percent from agriculture, forestry, and fishery; 68.1 percent from services; and 24.2 percent from industry. However, it was noted that the agriculture, fishery, and forestry sector incurred a negative growth rate of -1.3 percent in 2023, highlighting the ongoing challenges within this sector despite the overall economic growth.

To address agricultural challenges in the region, DA CAR has outlined a strategic agenda focusing on expanding
agri-fishery areas by enhancing irrigation and soil health. Modernizing production systems through R&D,
production support, and improved machinery. Developing post-harvest systems by upgrading equipment and processing facilities. Improving logistics to ensure efficient transportation and storage systems. And Expanding local and international market access.

Moreover, DA-CAR emphasized the importance of balancing developmental and regulatory roles, promoting science and digitalization in decision-making, strengthening partnerships with stakeholders, and ensuring accessible financial mechanisms to encourage investments and minimize risks. The DA-CAR’s efforts reflect a comprehensive approach to addressing the multifaceted challenges in the agricultural sector. With continued focus on modernization, infrastructure development, and strategic partnerships, the region aims to enhance productivity, increase farmer incomes, and achieve long-term sustainability in agriculture and fisheries.

Juannah Rae Basilio, UC Intern/ABN

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