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Spain commits to support livelihood in poor areas in PH — Alcala

Spain plans to establish agriculture-related livelihood projects in conflict and disaster-prone areas in the Philippines, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said during his visit in Madrid that Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation director Alberto Virella agreed to consider his proposal to undertake agriculture-related livelihood initiatives in conflict- and disaster-prone areas.

AECID earlier funded two livelihood and marine management projects in the Bicol and Caraga regions.

Alcala said both projects resulted in increased production of cassava granules, coco coir and other focus commodities and boosted fish catch in covered areas by 20 percent.

Alcala visited Spain last week to lead DA’s delegation that staged agribusiness roadshows in Barcelona and Madrid as part of the government’s reintegration program for overseas Filipino workers.

He also met with several potential importers of Filipino agri-fishery products and conducted a tour of two of the biggest wholesale markets in Barcelona and Madrid as well as retail outlets in the Spanish capital, to check on the products that could be supplied by the Philippines.

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