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 Korean 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.

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