Senate committee studying proposed banana council

THE COMMITTEE on agriculture and food in the Senate is reviewing the proposal to create a council for the banana industry.

 Speaking on behalf of Senator Cynthia Villar, Michael Regino, Villar’s chief of staff, said yesterday in Banana Conference (BanCon) at SMX Davao Convention Center that the committee headed by the senator is studying the proposal.

Last year, he said, President Rodrigo Duterte also expressed his support to the proposal during the event last year.

n the website of the Senate, the proposed bill, dubbed An Act Creating Banana Industry Development Council, was filed by Senator Villar on Oct. 17 last year. This is currently pending before the committee on agriculture and food.

“While waiting for the council to be established, we have to continue to be at the front even amid challenges,” Regino said.

Challenges, he said, include security issues, pest and diseases and banana production.

Locally, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said they backed the banana growers by way of giving incentives and assistance as “agriculture proves to be our forte in the commercial arena.”

“Yet with the passage of the Philippine Comprehensive Banana Act of 2017, the banana feeding program and the banana technology innovation center, Davao Region is set to bounce back with bigger and better game plans in industry competitiveness through this top export commodity,” Duterte-Carpio said.

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