German agency asked to help revive Philippine abaca industry


The provincial government of Negros Occidental in the Philippines has sought the assistance of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in reviving the abaca industry (reports the Sun.Star Bacolod).

GIZ is a non-governmental organisational that represents the German government in development co-operation worldwide. It operates in many fields, including economic development, governance and democracy, security, reconstruction and peace-building.

In June, the provincial government sent a letter to the agency, which could help in plantation expansion, product quality improvement or marketing mainly through exports.

It is hoped GIZ could bring in technologies and expertise to further increase raw material production. It might also buy the raw material, mainly fibre, or link the product to potential markets outside the country.

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