Writer: DA Communications Group | 5 February 2022
“Agriculture is the pillar of our financial system.”
This was highlighted by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, as he addressed the officers, college members, and college students on the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State College (DMMMSU) in Bacnotan, La Union, throughout his conferment as Physician of Philosophy in Growth Administration (Honoris Causa) on February 4, 2022.
Amid the worldwide pandemic, he mentioned that agriculture and meals manufacturing actions proceed to be the saving grace of the Philippine financial system.
“I’ve been and proceed to advocate for prosperity in rural communities that turned extra intense after we have been appointed by President Duterte in August 2019, implementing packages that proceed to make our ‘meals heroes’ — small farmers, fisherfolk and entrepreneurs — extra empowered, progressive, and affluent.”
“When known as to serve once more, I had the larger probability to rally sources, authorities assist, and partnerships in direction of a imaginative and prescient the place the winners are the farmers and fishers, and the nationwide financial system,” Dar mentioned in his acceptance speech each in Ilocano and English.
“The tough actuality is that there’s a lot extra to be executed, all of which should be undertaken amidst pure disasters, plant and animal illnesses, a world well being disaster, and meals inflation,” added the DA chief, who acquired his tenth honorary doctorate diploma from educational establishments right here and overseas.
Other than the meals producers, “we should carry out a balancing act, the place we also needs to think about the welfare of the customers, the overwhelming majority of our folks, as they face unemployment and starvation underneath the lingering pandemic state of affairs,” he mentioned.
With these circumstances, he known as upon the assist of the academe, significantly the DMMMSU household, to stay a dependable ally of the Division within the promotion and improvement of agricultural and fishery applied sciences and improvements.
“Assist us on the DA struggle starvation and poverty. I problem you to do the larger good for the larger variety of our folks,” Secretary Dar mentioned.
He additional urged the state college for a stronger convergence between analysis and improvement to handle the challenges that hinder the transformation of the agriculture and fishery sector in direction of modernization, industrialization and world competitiveness.
“I do know we can not do every thing directly as a lot as we wished to, however proceed to focus in your sturdy areas. Be game-changers and history-makers in agriculture,” he concluded. ### (Adora Rodriguez, DA-AFID)