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PH NOW EXPORTING PROCESSED MEAT TO JAPAN – DAR

In addition to “chicken yakitori,” the Philippines can now export processed meat products to Japan. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said this favorable development is due to the recent inclusion of the Philippines by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in its list of certified countries that passed the Hazard Analysis and Critical […]

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NAT’L SOIL HEALTH PROGRAM GETS DUTERTE OK — DAR

As part of the government’s goal to attain food security, President Rodrigo Duterte recently approved a National Soil Health Program (NSHP) aimed at rejuvenating the country’s degraded and “sick” soils and ensuring increased crop production in a sustainable manner. The NSHP will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture through its Bureau of Soils and […]

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NEW SYSTEM FOR ORGANIC AGRI CERTIFICATION LAUNCHED

The Department of Agriculture (DA) recently launched the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS), which is the key feature of the Republic Act (RA) No. 11511, an act amending the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 or RA 10068. “Made possible by the support of our legislators, RA 11511 opened opportunities for our small farmers and fisherfolk who […]

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PH BEGINS OKRA EXPORTS TO KOREA – DAR

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Okra Producers and Exporters Association (POPEA) started the commercial shipment of fresh okra to the Republic of Korea at the Philippine Airlines Cargo Terminal. Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez showed the government’s full […]

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PH NEEDS MORE MODERN SOIL LABS – DAR

Through the recently approved National Soil Health Program with P523.575-million funding, Agriculture Secretary William Dar directed the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to set up modern and efficient national and regional soil laboratories. “We want to have the regional laboratories including of course the national soils laboratory […]

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DA TO GET P14-B WORLD BANK LOAN FOR PDRP PROJECTS

The Department of Agriculture (DA) expects the World Bank (WB) to approve an additional $280-million (P14 billion) second additional financing (AF2) to bankroll more agriculture enterprise and rural infrastructure subprojects under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). The $280-M loan includes a EUR18.3 million (P1 billion) co-financing grant from the European Union (EU). “The WB […]

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DA, PASIG CITY PUSH FOR MORE URBAN GARDENS – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the City of Pasig joined hands with RE-TERRA in intensifying the promotion of urban agriculture in the metropolis to supply food demand, generate livelihood, and create green architecture amidst the dense urban landscape. “The Philippine agriculture must transform into more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient, and more sustainable agriculture […]

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MANDANAS-GARCIA RULING TO BOOST LGU AGRI PROJECTS

With more funds starting in 2022 due to the implementation of the “Mandanas-Garcia ruling”, local government units (LGUs) can bankroll more socio-economic development projects, including agriculture and fishery programs. “This favorable development has long been awaited by our LGUs. With more financial resources, the provincial governments, in particular, can significantly boost the delivery of devolved […]

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THAI FIRM TO HELP REVIVE PH SWINE INDUSTRY — DAR

Agriculture Secretary William Dar welcomed the participation of Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (CPFPC), an agro-industrial and food conglomerate based in Thailand, as it forged ties with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to revive the country’s swine industry. The DBP and CPFPC firmed up their partnership through […]

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AGRICULTURE SECTOR NEEDS MORE STAKEHOLDERS — DAR

Agriculture Secretary William Dar called for a sustained and stronger “public-private-people” partnership to lead the transformation of Philippine agriculture and respond to the pandemic and other challenges, following the successful conduct of the 2021 National Food Security Summit (NFSS). In his closing message, Dar reiterated the counsel of former National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) […]