The Netherlands knights Filipina agri advocate


Metro Manila (NCS Philippines, May 3) — Filipina scientist Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc has been awarded a Knighthood within the Order of Orange-Nassau for her contributions within the agricultural sector that helped strengthen Dutch-Filipino relations.

Sayoc obtained the award from Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Philippines Saskia de Lang final April 26 for her efforts.

Speaking to NCS Philippines’ New Day on Monday, Sayoc shared how her work has helped enhance the productiveness of Filipino farmers, whereas making certain that high quality meals is given to shoppers.

“To maximize the good genetic potential of our seeds, we train farmers with better farming practices. We believe that vegetable farming provides profitable means of livelihood and provides consumers with nutritious food,” she stated.

Sayoc at present leads the general public affairs division of the East-West Seed Group, an organization based by Dutch seedsman Simon Groot with Filipino seed dealer Benito Domingo in 1982.

She stated that her agency, which has been a dominant market chief since its institution, supplies farmers with seeds of fine high quality and agricultural assets that that may produce extra domestically tailored vegetable crops.

Sayoc additionally shared her ideas on the affect of the pandemic on meals safety within the nation.

“The COVID pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of the agriculture sector particularly the agricultural supply chain,” she stated. “To ensure food security during the pandemic, it is important that agricultural inputs be considered essential, and their movement should not be impeded.”

She additionally careworn the significance of encouraging native meals manufacturing by establishing extra group gardens “to ensure supply of fresh and safe vegetables” and deal with meals scarcity.

The Philippines and Netherlands have sustained robust relations within the agri- meals sector within the areas of commerce, funding, agricultural expertise and information switch, Sayoc added.

She stated the Netherlands authorities has additionally put up the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry in partnership with Barneveld College and the Philippine authorities by means of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute.

Aside from an lively collaboration on capacity-building actions to farmers and different employees within the agricultural sector, each nations have additionally partnered up in an lively educational trade program on agricultural analysis improvement and coaching, Sayoc shared.

Sayoc additionally heads the Philippine-Dutch Fellows Network, Inc., the alumni affiliation of Filipino professionals who’ve studied in The Netherlands.

“The Netherlands government [has a huge contribution to] thousands of Filipino professionals who studied in Dutch learning institutions in the field of agriculture, food, water management, and social science,” she stated.

“These alumni are able to leverage their Dutch education in contributing to nation building,” Sayoc added.

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