Bureau of Post Harvest Research and Extension (Philippines)

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Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension
Agency overview
Formed May 24, 1978
Parent agency Department of Agriculture

The Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension (BPRE), formerly known as the National Postharvest Institute for Research and Extension (NAPHIRE), is a bureau of the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.

It was created on May 24, 1978 through Presidential Decree 1380 to spearhead the development of the country’s postharvest industry.

As a subsidiary of the National Grains Authority (NGA) in 1980, BPRE’s powers and functions were expanded through LOI 1142 to include other agricultural commodities in line with the conversion of NGA to the National Food Authority (NFA).

In 1986, BPRE became an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture through Executive Order 116.

The agency was transformed into a bureau through Executive Order 494 in 1992. For years now, BPRE has been continuously engaged in both postharvest research and extension activities.

With Republic Act No. 8435 or the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Act (AFMA), BPRE takes the lead in providing more postharvest interventions to empower the agriculture and fishery sectors.