The Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) has revealed that it will speed up the implementation of the Agricultural Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) and focus on the island of Mindanao in a bid to secure its role as the food basket of the country. Agriculture Secretary Leonardo Montemayor commented that the DA is anxious to focus on the expansion of the country's fisheries, as well as the research and development (R&D) of the industry and the creation of strategic agriculture and fisheries development zones (SAFDZ).