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PHILIPPINES IS NOW BIRD FLU-FREE – DAR

The Philippines is now free of the Avian Influenza (AI) A(H5N6) virus. The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI), announced that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared that as of January 8, 2021, the country is now free of the last remaining A(H5N6) strain of the Avian Influenza […]

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DUTERTE CITES DA AS AMONG TOP PERFORMING AGENCIES

President Rodrigo Duterte cited the Department of Agriculture (DA) as one of the top-performing national government agencies in 2020, as it successfully assured affordable, accessible, and healthy food supply, amid the logistical challenges due to the community lockdowns and for dousing fears of a food shortage that could have triggered queues or “pila”. The President […]

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NEW AGRI OFFICIALS TO PURSUE ‘ONE DA’ PLAN – DAR

Agriculture Secretary William Dar has designated new officials who will lead their respective units to help implement the key strategies under the “One DA” framework and attain a growth target of 2.5 percent this year. “We have survived the worst, rebooted our policies, and refocused our priorities. The next step is to pursue systematic and […]

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OPEN ECONOMY TO ADDRESS HUNGER – DAR

On top of increasing the country’s food sufficiency level to address hunger, Agriculture Secretary William Dar underscored the importance of opening up the economy to create more income opportunities for the benefit of poorer sectors of the country. “A more focused approach is necessary to manage the country’s hunger problem,” Dar said during the virtual […]

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DA EYES 95% RICE ADEQUACY LEVEL IN 2021 — DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) aims to further improve the country’s rice productivity and adequacy levels this year, boosted by the combined outcomes of government interventions and continued strong partnerships with farmers’ groups, rice industry stakeholders, and local government units (LGUs). “We target to produce 20.4 million metric tons (MMT) of palay, surpassing last year’s […]

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RE-TERRA 2021 TO PROMOTE URBAN AGRI – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has teamed up with RE-TERRA, a youth organization, to conduct a design competition for future architects, designers, and developers to garner innovative and transformative designs that integrate agriculture into the urban setting. “Time and again, I have emphasized the crucial role of the youth in agriculture. They are the source […]

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DA EYES 2.5% AGRI GROWTH IN 2021 – DAR

Twelve key strategies will guide the Department of Agriculture (DA) in pursuing major programs and activities for the current year, and pave the way to attain a modest agriculture sector growth of 2.5 percent. Agriculture Secretary William Dar issued a memorandum recently to all DA executives, attached agencies and corporations, programs, and regional offices to […]

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PRIORITIZE AGRI GROWTH IN 2021 – PANGILINAN

Growth of the agriculture sector despite numerous setbacks in 2020 should convince the administration to give it priority especially in the proposed Bayanihan 3, said Senator Kiko Pangilinan. “We’re very heartened to hear that the agri sector is on track to meet their projected 1% growth despite the pandemic and back-to-back-to-back typhoons and flooding,” Pangilinan […]

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VEGETABLE PROCESSING PLANT RISES IN BENGUET – DAR

Agriculture Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-CAR William Dar led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P40 million-worth of vegetable packaging and processing facility inside the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center in La Trinidad, Benguet recently. “The rationale of having this food processing facility, ayaw natin na mangyari muli na iyong excess ay matatapon lang. We […]

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TRUST FUND TO MODERNIZE COCONUT INDUSTRY – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) welcomes and fully supports the proposed legislation of both the Senate and House of Representatives (HOR), creating a coconut industry trust fund from the proceeds of the coconut levy. “Once the respective bills are reconciled and signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, this decades-long awaited legislative measure will […]