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KOREA PROGRAM ON INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE (KOPIA) Center - Philippines, now located at the Bureau of Plant Industry Los Banos National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-LBNCRDPSC) in Economic Garden, Timugan, Los Banos, Laguna was inaugurated on August 30, 2018. Present during the momentous event were DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA) Vice Administrator Kyu Seong Lee, BPI OIC Director George Y. Culaste, KOPIA Center – Philippines Director Dr. Jeong Taek Lee, DA Undersecretary of HVCDP and Rural Credit Evelyn Laviña, International Cooperation Bureau Director General Dr. Ji Won Lee, Laguna Provincial Agriculturist Marlon Tobias, and Minister Counselor of the Koran Embassy of the Philippines Ms. Sun Young Kim, and farmers representatives from nearby municipalities.

KOPIA has been assisting developing countries by working closely with partner country on the development of various kinds of cooperative projects and transfer of agricultural technologies in the improvement of agricultural productivity and farmers’ income since 2009.

KOPIA Center in the Philippines was established and located at PhilRice in Munoz City in 2010. The Center carried out different agricultural productivity projects with special focus on rice since then. The project facilitated participating farmers to adopt best practices such as mechanization, organization of agricultural cooperatives and utilization of funds.

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between KOPIA and DA was signed. BPI-LBNCRDSC will now be the home of KOPIA Center. The relocation is expected to develop closer linkages and collaboration of Korean government entities in the country and many agricultural institutions which are in Los Baños. BPI and KOPIA will collaborate on the development of technologies from rice to different variety of crops like mushroom, leafy vegetables, mung beans and garlics. These are expected to contribute to better productivity and help increase income of small farmers.

KOPIA’s slogan “We love to share what we have experienced” is its driving force to carry out projects with partner institutions to meet the needs of each country like the Philippines.




Bureau of Plant Industry conducted training on vegetable production and medicinal herbs and spices propagation on August 23, 2018 at the CRPSD Conference Room, Malate, Manila.  The Crop Research and Production Support Division regularly conducts seminar on vegetable production on urban setting. This time the seminar was organized and exclusive for the Differently Abled Persons (DAP) and Senior Citizens (SC’s) in Metro Manila.  The training aims to motivate and encourage our DAP’s and SC’s to be productive and reaffirm their value in the community as contributor to the family’s food security and food safety; promote and encourage their full participation in social life and development by providing essential and basic knowledge on vegetable production and medicinal herbs and spices propagation.

Vegetable seeds, herbs and spices plantlets were given away as their start-up kit. Soil cultivation, sowing, pest management, harvesting and production of their own seeds were discussed by CRPSD Agriculturist II, Ernie Lito Bollosa to the eager DAP’s and elderly. He also introduced them to   setting up of vertical gardens, the use of recyclable containers and making their own fertilizers out of household trash.

Similar training was also conducted for the Senior Citizens and members of the Indigenous People (IP’s) in Baguio City last June 28, 2018. BPI – Baguio National Crop Research Development & Production Support Center gave lectures on Urban Gardening, Mushroom Production and Composting.

In both trainings, Gender and Development Focal Lolinnie A. Eugenio showed a video clip to remind the participants of their roles, rights as well as their responsibilities.

These activities are some of the Agency’s program relative to its mandates for the SC’s and DAP’s and IP’s to help them improve their total well-being and become contributing members of society.

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