Philippine Food Security Chief Visits Israel, Seeks Israeli Agri-Tech

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25 February 2016, Tel Aviv, State of Israel – Philippine Presidential Assistant for Food Security & Agricultural Modernization Fredelita C. Guizavisited Israel on 24 - 27 February 2016 to boost food security and modernize Philippine agriculture. The visit of Secretary Guiza was organized by MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation.

On 25 February 2016, Secretary Guiza participated in a Roundtable Discussion arranged by the Israeli Export & International Cooperation and attended by CEOs and Vice Presidents of companies engaged in agricultural technology such as irrigation systems and drip technology, desalination, water treatment and management system, environmentally friendly pest control, post-harvest food processing and packaging and digital communication for farmers.

Secretary Fredelita C. Guiza stated that she was impressed with Israel's agricultural technology and was optimistic that the Philippines and Israel's strong bilateral relations would lead to more programs and projects that would advance the state of the Philippine agricultural sector and food security, leading to the improvement of the lives of Filipino farmers.

Several Israeli companies offered to make their advanced technologies available to the Philippines to boost agricultural production in the coconut and rice sectors.

A delegation of Israeli agri-tech companies will be visiting the Philippines in March as a follow-up to Secretary Guiza's recent visit.--END--