AGRICULTURE Secretary Proceso J. Alcala commended the achievements of the agribusiness cluster for its improved efficiency and productivity as well as their coordination and integration of all the activities in line with the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines- East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga).

Alcala laid down the highlights of the cluster's current activities such as the joint venture on hybrid rice production, wherein they have identified 10,000 hectares in Sabah, Malaysia 1,000 hectares in Palawan, and another 4,000 hectares in Mindanao, where the over-all target is 40,000 hectares for 2015 and 2016.

Secondly, he made mention about the joint venture and memorandum of agreement (MOA) on corn production between Sabah and Sulawesi wherein a 1,000-hectare site for demo and production has been determined for development.

He added that other projects in agribusiness include the Brunei-Philippine joint venture on the commercialization of date-enriched and other date products; pushing palm oil's inclusion in the priorities of the DA; drafting of BIMP-Eaga seaweed guidelines; value chain study for sardines; climate change vulnerability assessment; and Halal certification of fish products.

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