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Philippines | 14 May 2015
Lame efforts to reform agriculture sector

If one of our senators in the hallowed legislative halls is complaining about how long it is taking for the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) to kick in, then there must be something ...


Philippines | 27 February 2015
Filipino farmers locked in residency struggle

Residency decisions are locking Mid and South Canterbury's Filipino dairy workers into wage jobs and out of careers, advocates say. Filipino Dairy Workers in New Zealand chairwoman Maiden Saba said...


Philippines | 11 February 2015
Philippine agriculture to continue growth in 2015

Philippine agriculture is well-positioned to sustain its growth momentum this year, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said. And to help fuel this expansion, the DA chief said the Department will vi...


Philippines | 4 August 2014
Project NOAH can be used in agriculture

Filipino farmers can now plan ahead and adjust planting schedules to avoid possible hazards like typhoons, floods and drought. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Project Nationwid...


Philippines | 23 January 2014
Cold weather takes toll on Cebu crops, livestock

The cold weather has taken a toll on crops and livestock in five mountain villages in Cebu City and three others in Balamban town, Cebu. At least 40 cows were reported dead in the villages of Tagba...


Philippines | 22 January 2014
Philippines bans China poultry imports due to bird flu

The Philippines said Tuesday it has banned imports of poultry and related products from China after it confirmed an outbreak of the HN52 strain of bird flu in the northern province of Hebei. The em...


Philippines | 22 January 2014
Filipino farmers need to be techno-savvy

Filipino farmers, by and large, are hardworking and industrious. But in this globalization age when they have to compete with their counterparts in China and other countries, these traits are not enou...


Philippines | 4 December 2013
Philippines, Myanmar to ink deals on trade, agriculture

The Philippines and Myanmar will forge agreements on trade and investments and agriculture on Thursday, a senior government official said Wednesday. Presidential Communications Operations Office ch...


Philippines | 13 November 2013
Typhoon wreaks havoc on agriculture with over a million farmers affected

Over one million farmers in the Philippines have been impacted by Typhoon Haiyan according to the UN. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice...


Philippines | 2 October 2013
Govt urged to dump GMOs, promote organic farming

Environmental and civil society groups on Tuesday urged the government to promote organic farming, which they said is safer for consumers, more economical for farmers, and environment-friendly. Gre...


Philippines | 26 July 2013
'Faulty' agriculture programs keep farmers poor

Despite efforts of the government to increase funding for the farm sector, poverty incidence among agriculture households remain high. This was part of the findings of the study, titled “Impact Ass...


Philippines | 22 May 2013
More investments needed in agriculture

Agricultural Secretary Proceso J. Alcala is right: Big local and foreign corporations should invest in agriculture, not only to ensure food security, but also to accelerate countryside development. ...


Philippines | 15 May 2013
A tragedy in Philippine Agriculture

Last week I discussed the rebirth of the Filipino cuisine and noted its implication on the agriculture sector, specifically the growing demand for reliable supplies of high-quality fruits and vegetabl...


Philippines | 10 May 2013
PHL agriculture sector grows 3.3% in Q

Agriculture grew by 3.3 percent to P352.5 billion in the first quarter of the year, with the crops, fishery, poultry and livestock subsectors expanding in January to March, the Department of Agricultu...


Philippines | 2 May 2013
Agriculture: The decline of the poor man's sector

Among the three main sectors of the Philippine economy, agriculture is the most neglected in terms of investments and development. Its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) has declined to ...


Philippines | 7 February 2013
Philippine farmers hope for coconut craze windfall

Struggling Philippine farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the US pop star's endorsement of coconut water may help change her life for the better. After centuries of replenishing ...


Philippines | 4 February 2013
After 30 years, is a GM food breakthrough finally here?

Golden rice, a new strain that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries, is about to be sown in the Philippines – and is the new battleground crop. Scientists say they ...


Philippines | 31 January 2013
Floods destroy P5.2M worth of crops in NCotabato

Rampaging flashfloods swept away more than P5 million worth of harvestable crops in 10 barangays in North Cotabato’s Kabacan town following three days of heavy rains that started over the weekend. ...


Philippines | 24 December 2012
Agriculture wants biodiesel blend increased to 5%

The Energy Department is studying a proposal from the Agriculture Department to increase the biodiesel blend to 5 percent from the present 2 percent. “There is a request by Secretary Proceso Alcala...


Philippines | 11 December 2012
Typhoon reduces Philippine farmers to beggars

The secluded valley that sheltered Jerry Blanco's banana crop from communist and Muslim rebellions offered no refuge from Typhoon Bopha, which left him destitute in seconds. Last week's terrifying ...


Philippines | 11 December 2012
Invest more in agriculture sector, PH urged

The Asian Development Bank has urged the Philippines and its neighbors to invest more in agriculture, saying that food production must increase to avoid supply shortage and steep price increases over ...


Philippines | 18 September 2012
Tobacco farmers hit Palace over sin taxes

Filipino tobacco farmers are dismayed at how Malacañang takes on their plight after a high Palace official claimed that imposing excessively high taxes on cigarettes will not adversely affect tobacco...


Philippines | 20 July 2012
Disease threatens Philippine banana exports

Philippine growers are warning their banana plantations are at risk of being “wiped out” by the Sigatoka disease sparking an undersupply of the fruit abroad, website Businessmirror.com.ph reported. ...


Philippines | 22 June 2012
Wine from native Batanes fruit

Processed products from the fruits of an indigenous tree in Batanes will be researched and developed in earnest with the financial support expected to be released soon by the Bureau of Agricultural Re...


Philippines | 20 June 2012
Agriculture processors secure tax incentives

Two agriculture processing projects worth a total of P101.9 million have been awarded tax breaks, the Board of Investments (BoI) said in a statement yesterday. The agency said it approved the appli...


Philippines | 20 June 2012
Ex-agriculture chief in fertilizer scam case wants case resolved soon

MANILA, Philippines — Former Agriculture Secretary Luis Lorenzo wants the decision on his plunder case related to the alleged misuse of fertilizer funds during the 2004 election season to be known soo...


Philippines | 19 June 2012
Batangas solon urges agriculture producers to drop plans for market holiday

MANILA, Philippines – Batangas Representative Mark Llandro Mendoza has called on agriculture producers to abandon their threat of declaring a five-day market holiday, saying this would greatly affect ...


Philippines | 18 June 2012
Agritourism to improve farm income

MANILA, Philippines --- Agricultural tourism could be a niché tourism product that would help improve farm incomes provided a well-planned program is put in place, according to the South East Asian Re...


Philippines | 18 June 2012
Pork producers to question new Agriculture directive

DAGUPAN CITY -- Hog raisers are planning to question the implementation of a directive from the Department of Agriculture that stops traders from selling the meat eight hours after the animal is slaug...


Philippines | 18 June 2012
Search for the best agri stories launched

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, June 18 (PIA) -- A search for best agriculture stories has been launched to recognize the chroniclers of Philippine agriculture who shared inspirational insights on the best ...