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Monday, September 14, 2015


TAGBILARAN CITY, Sept 11 (PIA)--Bohol hosts the regions governors, local chief executives and farmers from Regions 6-8 as the First World Bank Implementation of its Support Mission to the Visayas Cluster opens on Monday September 14 through Wednesday, 16, 2015 in Panglao.

A press conference to open event is set Monday at 12:30 at the Bellevue Hotel in Panglao, according to sources from the Department of Agriculture. 

World Bank Consultants, Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Director Arnel de Mesa and Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad, along with the region's governors are expected at the media event, according to organizers.
The PRDP is a World Bank supported project for the Philippines and aims to increase rural incomes amd enhance farm and fishery productivity in target areas by supporting small stakeholders and fishers to increase their marketable harvests and their access to markets, World bank sources said. 

PRDP hopes to attain this by supporting changes in agricultural and fisheries planning, resource programming and implementation practices, financing priority local investments in rural infrastructure and enterprise development form agriculture and fisheries modernization plans using a value chain approach and consultations form stakeholders. 

Other than lectures and conferences, workshops and consultative fora, the event also highlights site visitations in Bohols funded PRDP projects, according to organizers. 

Set for visitation are the Bohol Dairy Processing and Marketing Enterprise in Lomangog Ubay, a Farme to Market Road in Sagbayan and a Seaweeds Project in Talibon, Bohol. 

Bohol Dairy processing and Marketing Enterprise is the famed processor of carabao milk which they sell as fresh milk and the chocobao, cheese and other dairy processed products. While tey are now currently marketing their processed products, the next goal is to set up dairy stores and outlets in every tourism destination in Bohol, says Lenife Libres, Philippine Carabao center information Officer. 

In Sagbayan, Bohol PRDP also helps set up a crucial farm to market access road to make sure products get to the markets easily and farmer entrepreneurs eliminate the chances of bruised and ruined products caused by improper handling while transporting it to the markets. A good Farm to market road assures smooth transport of products with the least chances of ruining. 

On the other hand, to relieve fishing tension in Talibon town, which sits right at the Danajon Double Barrier Reef, the government implements a PRDP supported project in Seaweeds production in town. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

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