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Bacolod: Victorias agri programs to undergo impact assessment

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Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez recently signed a partnership Agricultural Systems International Inc. (AGREA) for the conduct of an impact assessment of the existing agricultural programs of Victorias City, relevant to food and nutrition security.

As stated in the memorandum of agreement signed between Benitez and Cherrie Atilano, AGREA founding president, the impact assessment aims to analyze program implementation and outcomes, formulate recommendations to improve programs and develop a strategic plan, implementation roadmap, and policies.

AGREA will facilitate inclusive data gathering and engagement for program beneficiaries, including local farmers and fisherfolk, a press statement issued by the Victorias City Public Information Office said.

The assessment results shall provide valuable insights into enhancing the city’s food and nutrition security projects and rationalizing efforts through a strategic plan and policy roadmap.
Ultimately, this partnership with AGREA targets developing food systems, assisting Victoriahanon farmers and fisherfolk and upholding community nutrition and resilience.

Benitez disclosed that the Victorias City government has tripled the agriculture budget this year.

Hence, the partnership with AGREA will develop strategies to create a food security and nutrition master plan, he added.

In his recent meeting with Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel, Benitez reported that DA committed to providing valuable assistance to the agriculture industry in Victorias City, including irrigation, farm-to-market roads, fertilizers, and machinery.

Atilano also promised to guide the LGU in making its existing natural resources more investable and build Victorias as the center for food security and agri-business.

Sonia Castillo, AGREA Vice President for Business Operations, City Agriculturist officer in charge Leni Lacuesta,Vice Mayor Abelardo Bantug III,Councilors Audie Malaga, Hermie Millan, Warlito Undar, Dino Acuña, also witnessed the signing of MOA in Victorias City.

(Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy by TVDS)

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