MANILA — The government targets to generate 30,000 jobs for landless farmers and women in 44 provinces with the implementation of a project aimed at making the agricultural sector competitive.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved the Php 10.2-billion Inclusive Partnership for Agricultural Competitiveness (IPAC) Project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
IPAC will focus on developing agribusiness synergies in financially-viable production of copra, organic and low-chem rice, cacao, cassava, coffee, oil palm, muscovado sugar, abaca and rubber.
It will enhance linkage of 300,000 farmers and 650 farmer-organizations to viable markets and establish productive partnerships with relevant private enterprises.
The project will assist smallholder farmers and farmer organizations in 50 agrarian reform community clusters across 14 regions.