BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Nueva Vizcaya provincial government has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the India-based International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to help farmers improve their lives and compete with the world market.
William Dar, ICRISAT director-general, said the project involves the use of science and technology as tools for agricultural development and coping with climate change challenges.
“We want our farmers here to be empowered, resilient, productive and prosperous. ICRISAT will be your partner,” he said.
ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization conducting agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world.
Dar said the ultimate goal of the project in Nueva Vizcaya is “to uplift farmers from their present subsistence level and link them with national and international markets while transforming their primary products into value-added ones.” He added that tropical dry-land areas are usually seen as resource-poor and often faced with weather-related problems.
Governor Ruth Padilla said the project will be implemented in the province in collaboration with the Nueva Vizcaya State University, the municipal government units and the farmers organizations.
“We will initially implement the project in Quezon, Diadi, Kasibu, Dupax del Norte and Bagabag towns. These will be our pilot areas,” Padilla said.
She said the project components include soil analysis and mapping, agro-forestry and watershed development.
A member of the Global Agricultural Research Partnership (CGIAR) Consortium, ICRISAT is headquartered in Hyderabad, Telangana, India with two regional hubs and six country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.