Virtual MOA Signing for Moringa R4D Projects

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) president Shirley C. Agrupis led the virtual signing of memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the research for development (R4D) projects on strengthening moringa industry in Ilocos Region on 23 March 2022.

Supported through the Agriculture Competitiveness Enhancement Fund R4D program, which the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research coordinates, the projects aim to provide livelihood for farmers cooperatives and associations in Ilocos Norte by enhancing and strengthening the production, processing, and commercialization of moringa and other indigenous food plants (IFPs). 

The projects include the Upgrading and Expansion of the Moringa Processing Facility into Herbal Processing Facility in MMSU, Ilocos Norte, which targets to provide an additional livelihood for Farmers’ Cooperatives and Associations (FCAs) in Ilocos Norte, while the other is on technology involving production and processing guides of moringa to ensure safety, quality, and market standards. To strengthen and sustain the moringa industry development, MMSU partnered with Bauertek Corporation through a public-private sector partnership towards enterprise development. With this, a MOA to formalize the partnership between MMSU and Bauertek Corporation was also sealed. DA secretary William D. Dar, and DA-BAR director Junel B. Soriano served as witnesses. ###