With agriculture as its largest sector in tradable economy, the New Zealand government is now seeking cooperation with the Mindanao Development Authority (MInDA) for Mindanao’s agriculture sector particularly in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
New Zealand Ambasador-delegate Peter Kell bared that he will be meeting with representatives of MinDA to talk about the programs that they have in agriculture and hope to work with it together with the people in Mindanao.
“We are very interested to see where we can cooperate in agriculture area that is where we have a lot of experience to share,” Kell said.
Kell said some of the programs that they have are still on the initial stage and they are very excited for the opportunities and support on the Bangsamoro in giving opportunities to those who may find it hard to get access to their know-how.
He said they’ve been discussing about it for several months now and still working with the design as it involve a number of stakeholders including other partners.
“The talks were done with my predecessor and I am here to continue those discussions,” he said.
Honorary Consul of New Zealand in Mindanao Vicente T. Lao said it will be to the advantage of Mindanao if Mindanaoans will be able to benefit from the technology and knowledge that NZ can offer.
“The strength of NZ is really on agricutlure and we are very fortunate that the economy of Mindanao is also basically agricutlure-based. NZ is a very small country and its population is only 5 million but they were efficient. Its a country with 5 million population that can feed 40 million to 50 million people,” he said.