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NMIS and Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development Sign MOA for the Philippine Cold Chain Project

October 22, 2014 - NMIS Executive Director Minda S. Manantan and Daniel J. Gudahl, Chief-of-Party of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development -Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with for the implementation of a pilot project in the CARAGA Region. The signing was witnessed by DA Assistant Secretary Davinio P. Catbagan and Ralph Bean, Agricultural Counselor, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Under the MOA, a pilot project on improving meat establishments for hygienic meat production in the CARAGA Region shall be undertaken. The project will support the 10 year strategic action plan and programs of the NMIS in developing the LGU meat control system compliant with national standards, responsive to the needs of meat industry stakeholders and protect health and general welfare of the consuming public.

Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the ongoing Winrock-PCCP is a 4-year project in the CARAGA Region to develop the postharvest cold chain, connect producers to markets, and create markets for imports to and exports from the Philippines, specifically for high-value food requiring a cold chain. “A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain (storage and distribution activities which maintain a given temperature range). It is used to help extend and ensure the shelf life of perishable goods even during transport and when in storage.”