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DAR BATS TWO-PRONGED APPROACH VS AGRI SMUGGLING

Agriculture Secretary William Dar puts forward a two-pronged approach to curb the illegal entry of agricultural products into the country after assuring the public of zero tolerance for any form of corruption. “First, let us continue to intensify our border protection and coordination efforts with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other agencies. Kapag may […]

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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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DA: SMART GREENHOUSES BOOST PH FOOD PRODUCTIVITY

Changing weather patterns resulting in unusually warmer temperatures or heavy rainfalls have caused an imbalance in the production of agricultural commodities. Through time, the threat of climate change has caused alarm to the food production sector, not only in the Philippines but throughout the world. And so, innovative and smart technologies are now being adapted […]

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SOLON: PROBE GOV’T EXECS LINKED TO AGRI SMUGGLING

A party-list lawmaker called for an investigation and the filing of charges against “big-time” personalities in the government allegedly involved in agricultural smuggling. Magsasaka Party-list Representative Argel Cabatbat said the Department of Agriculture (DA) should look into the smuggling problem, particularly the involvement of officials from the Bureau of Plant Industry as if they are […]

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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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DAR TO PCC: AIM FOR HIGHER CARABAO MILK PRODUCTION

Agriculture Secretary William Dar challenged the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) to aim for higher milk production volume during its 29th anniversary. In comparison to the 20- to 30-liter daily milk production in the United States and the United Kingdom, Dar shared that the Philippines’ daily milk production pales with just eight liters. “Proper implementation of […]

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DA TO INTENSIFY CECID FLY RESEARCH

Agriculture Secretary William Dar urged mango stakeholders to join efforts to address current issues affecting the mango industry during the opening of the 2nd Luzon Mango Congress at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) Convention Hall recently. “Kami ay kasama niyo upang matugunan natin ng tama ang mga problema at hamong kinakaharap ng […]

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DA EYES FOOD SOVEREIGNTY FOR PH — DAR

Highlighting the importance of food security in ensuring food sovereignty, Agriculture Secretary William Dar called on universities and other academic institutions to urge legislators to provide much-needed substantial budgetary support to the Department of Agriculture (DA) to enable it to unlock the full potential of Philippine agriculture. While food security relates to the protection of […]

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DA LAUNCHES P500M FUEL ‘AYUDA’ IN CENTRAL LUZON

Agriculture Secretary William Dar launched the P500 million-worth Fuel Discount for Farmers and Fisherfolk (FDFF) Program at the Subic Port in Zambales recently. “Kayo po rito sa Subic at Zambales ay mapalad kasi dito po sa Luzon, dito natin ini-roll out, dito natin inumpisahan iyong pamimigay ng national government ng fuel discount card sa qualified […]

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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 […]