Agriculture to play key role in COVID-19 recovery efforts



“For us to rise stronger from this COVID-19 crisis, the government must encourage the development of an agriculture-driven economy”, said Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar during the opening of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk ’s Month celebration on May 26, 2020, at the DA Central Office in Quezon City.


In pursuit of an economic response framework appropriate for this health crisis, the Philippines’ agricultural sector is expected to play a major role in the country’s economic recovery efforts.


Dar said economic growth in agriculture is more effective at reducing poverty and food insecurity compared with growth in other sectors. He added that investment in agriculture can help revive food production and create jobs following a crisis and enable rural communities to recover, stressing that the agri-fishery sector plays a key role in mitigating the effects of the pandemic on food production, market access, and rural employment.


        Photo Courtesy: Department of Agriculture Communications Group

DA is pursuing the PHP 66-Billion stimulus package under Plant, Plant, Plant program by rolling out immediate interventions on food production and availability, food accessibility and affordability, and food price stabilization. This proposal is currently deliberated in Congress as part of the proposed Philippine Economic Stimulus Act.


The Plant, Plant, Plant Program aims to increase productivity and ensure food sufficiency during the COVID-19 emergency situation. This will benefit all farmers, fishers, and even consumers nationwide.


“This is where our eight paradigms under the ‘new thinking for agriculture’ come into play, namely: modernization, industrialization, export promotion, farm consolidation, infrastructure development, higher budget and investments for agriculture, legislative support, and roadmap development”, he said.


Dar strongly believes that growing this country’s agriculture and fishery sector to its optimum potential, will attract more investments and resources, ensuring food sufficiency levels, and at the same time modernizing and industrializing the country’s agri-fishery sector.


“With the help of the private sector and LGUs, we hope to improve our productivity and food supply chain through farm consolidation and clustering, provision of accessible financing, stronger linkages between production and marketing, and establishment of more post-harvest and processing facilities”, Dar concluded. 



Source: “Agriculture to play key role in Covid-19 recovery efforts”, 05/26/2020, News Article, Department of Agriculture Official Website (


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