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PH PALAY, CORN HARVESTS INCREASE IN Q1 2022 – DAR

While the country’s agriculture sector posted a flat growth during the first quarter of the year (Q1 2022), the volume of production of palay and corn has slightly increased. Based on standing crop as of February 1, 2022, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that palay production for Q1 2022 may increase to 4.64 million […]

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PH NEEDS A NEW GENERATION OF FARMERS – ESCUDERO

The government will have to invest more substantially in the agriculture sector if it wants to attract a new generation of farmers and ensure food security for the country, Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero said. Citing data from the World Bank, Escudero said agriculture workers accounted for only 22.86% of the Philippine labor force in 2019, […]

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FERNANDO TO BOOST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR BULACAN

Reelected Governor Daniel Fernando bared his plans to further develop the province of Bulacan, with a focus on agriculture, health, and education. Fernando, along with other provincial candidates who won the elections, was proclaimed on May 10. In an interview, he said he has many “millennial programs” in the pipeline and has discussed them with […]

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PH, INDIA RENEW AGRICULTURE PARTNERSHIP – DAR

Philippine Agriculture Secretary William Dar and India Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar agreed to renew their partnership towards stronger technical cooperation and market access to sustainably increase food production for both countries, provide Filipino and Indian farmers with higher income, and achieve a more balanced trade of goods. Tomar hosted a brief bilateral meeting with […]

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JICA EXTENDS PRIORITY PARTNERSHIP WITH PH – DAR

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) extended its continued support to the endeavors of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) during a courtesy call recently. JICA’s newly-appointed Chief Representative to the Philippines Sakamoto Takema expressed the Agency’s sincerity in prioritizing the Philippines, including the DA, as one of its partners. “Agriculture is an important sector […]

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APRIL IS FILIPINO FOOD MONTH – DAR

Agriculture Secretary William Dar expressed support for the annually-held Filipino Food Month (FFM) celebration, stressing that it is aligned with the mission of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in supporting local food producers in terms of livelihood and market linkage. “Promoting our local culinary heritage can create demand for Philippine agricultural produce both in local […]

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PANGILINAN BACKS USE OF HYBRID FERTILIZERS

As the price of chemical fertilizers continue to spike, vice-presidential aspirant Senator Kiko Pangilinan pushed for a healthier alternative of hybrid use of chemical and organic fertilizers. “Baligtarin natin ang problema at gawing oportunidad. Sa kaso ng pagtaas ng presyo ng abono, gamitin natin itong oportunidad para palaguin ang paggamit ng organic fertilizer at pagtangkilik […]

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DA ORDERS STRICTER CONTROL VS BIRD FLU – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) ordered stricter control and containment measures versus bird flu after initial confirmation of the Avian Influenza (AI) H5N1 outbreaks affecting duck and quail farms in Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, and Camarines Sur. “We need to act immediately to control avian influenza — which was initially detected in a duck farm in […]

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PANGILINAN TO LOCAL BETS: IMPLEMENT ‘SAGIP SAKA’

Vice-presidential candidate Senator Kiko Pangilinan barnstormed in Northern Mindanao asking local candidates to fully implement his Sagip Saka Act should they win in the elections so that no Filipino will go hungry. At his first stop at the Kampo Juan of Bukidnon First District congressional candidate Nereus Acosta, Pangilinan said that like air, food is […]

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DA BACKS DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN PH AGRICULTURE

The Philippines is pushing for the use of disruptive technology platforms to enable the transformation of agricultural processes, not only in the Philippines but in the Asia-Pacific region. Agriculture Secretary William Dar highlighted the use of disruptive technologies, like e-commerce and global positioning systems (GPS), as means to elevating agriculture onto the 21st century, in […]