APRACA CENTRAB commends DA-PCC for its contributions to agri-value chain dev’t

The DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) recently received an appreciation certificate in recognition of its outstanding contributions to Agricultural Value Chain Development.

The certificate was presented to Dr. Liza Battad, Executive Director of DA-PCC, during the visit of delegates from the Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association Center for Training and Research in Agricultural Banking (APRACA CENTRAB) to the DA-PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool today, April 25.

The commendation comes as part of the ongoing four-day tour titled “International Exposure Visit Program on Initiatives towards Enhancing Agricultural Value Chain Finance,” organized by APRACA CENTRAB under the guidance of Managing Editor Lecira Juarez.

The visit aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing and the exchange of best practices.

Dr. Battad provided an overview of DA-PCC’s programs and mandate designed to promote agricultural value chain development, particularly the carabao value chain. She emphasized the significant support extended by the agency to small-scale farmers, which underscores its important role in sustainable agricultural development.

Discussions during the visit involved potential collaborations and teaming up for investment between DA-PCC and APRACA CENTRAB, especially in improving farming businesses. They highlighted how partnerships are crucial for making agricultural systems better.

The visit was attended by eight senior officers representing APRACA Member Institutions, including entities such as the Agricultural and Rural Development Bank-Cambodia, The Andhra Pradesh State Cooperative Bank Ltd-India, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)-India, and Bank of Ceylon-Sri Lanka, alongside four members of the APRACA CENTRAB Secretariat.

APRACA CENTRAB is an international organization comprising central banks, agricultural banks, development banks, commercial banks, apex organizations, rural development institutions, and non-governmental entities in the Asia-Pacific region focused on agricultural credit and rural development. Its mission closely aligns with the objectives of DA-PCC, as both entities work towards fostering sustainable agricultural growth and development.