PHL agri-business gets boost

MANILA-- A new partnership aims helping scale up sustainable agri-business in the country to better improve socio-economic conditions nationwide.

Formalized Monday (April 3) in Metro Manila, the partnership between Department of Agriculture (DA) and 'Go Negosyo' business development advocate Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) will implement the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) to help interested parties gain knowledge that'll eventually enable them to run successful and sustainable agricultural enterprises nationwide.

"We hope to help address poverty and improve agriculturalproduction," said DA Secretary Manny Pinol at the event.

He's also optimistic the partnership will further promotePhilippine agricultural development.

Under KAMMP, the partners will provide interested parties coaching sessions covering proper production techniques, mindset and values as well as practical knowledge and strategies for running agri-businesses.

There'll be consultations as well to better assist such parties.

Agri-business practitioners considered experts in their respective fields will mentor them, noted DA and PCE.

Mentoring is key to truly making agriculture the game-changer in poverty alleviation efforts nationwide, noted 'Go Negosyo' founder Joey Concepcion who's also Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship.

"Hopefully, we can make that dream happen," he said.

Concepcion and Pinol signed the memorandum of understanding that formalized the DA-PCE partnership.

PCE developed KAMMP to help DA scale up sustainable agri-business nationwide.

Last year, PCE and Department of Trade and Industry rolled out the Kapatid Mentor Me Program for scaling up various local micro and small businesses.

Such program disseminated relevant business development-related knowledge through coaching sessions within a 12-week period.

DA and PCE adapted the same strategy for KAMMP.

Source: Philippines News Agency