A five-year Memorandum Of Agreement for greater cooperation on agriculture was signed between the Philippines and Papua New Guinea on the sidelines of the attendance of President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders Meeting on Friday.
A statement from Malacañang said among the areas of cooperation under the agreement include a tie-up on rice and grain production, including the development of hybrid species; production of coconut, cocoa, coffee, rubber, and palm oil; horticulture production; aquaculture and inland fish farming; post-harvest development; livestock breeding; and improvement in breeding cattle and goat.
It also covers training on bio-security mechanism and systems for monitoring, including sanitary and phytosanitary measures; agribusiness development; infrastructure development such as irrigation facilities and abattoirs; and agricultural research, education, and training.
Moreover, there will also be investment in agriculture; exchange of professionals, scientists, and technicians; transfer of genetic materials and technology; exchange of scientific and technical information; and collaboration on studies and research.
Both countries can also organize workshops, symposiums, training courses, and exhibition on related subjects.