Philippines, Papua New Guinea sign deal on agriculture cooperation

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  • Philippines and Papua New Guinea recently signed an agriculture cooperation which aims to boost food security in both countries
  • The 2 countries will strengthen their cooperation in rice grains and industrial crops production, aquaculture and inland fish farming, livestock breeding and others
  • Duterte invited Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to visit the Philippines when they met in 2017’s APEC

Two countries in the Pacific, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, signed on Wednesday an agriculture cooperation which aims to boost food security in both countries.

Emmanuel Piñol of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Benny Allan signed the Joint Declaration on Agriculture Cooperation during a ceremony held in the Malacañang Palace when Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill visited.

In the declaration, both countries vowed to expand and strengthen cooperation in rice grains and industrial crops production, aquaculture and inland fish farming, as well as livestock breeding and improvement, and agri-business development.

“We have asked our relevant officials to negotiate and conclude at the soonest possible time an agreement that will bring our bilateral agriculture cooperation to the modern era, one that will truly be transformative and a hallmark of genuine partnership,” Duterte said after the meaningful meeting.

The agriculture cooperation between the two countries will help ensure food security for both countries, said O’Neill.

Duterte and O’Neill also discussed trade and investment relations, defense and security cooperation,  and people-to-people exchanges.

“In the pursuit of greater peace, progress, and prosperity for our peoples, we have realized that we have to do more together to ensure what we want to achieve and the goals reached. These must be translated into actions the sustained projects and tangible results that can be measured,” Duterte said.

Duterte invited O’Neill to visit the Philippines when they met in 2017’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam.

O’Neill will tour the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija on Thursday. He will then proceed to Japan after a three-day stay in the Philippines.

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