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THE FUTURE IS DIGITAL IN FARMING – PANGILINAN

Imagine Filipino rice farmer Mang Romeo checking his cellphone for the type of soil for his sakahan, or current price of his crops, or the weather and getting an immediate response so that he can make the proper interventions. The technology already exists that would lower the risks to losses and make him earn more. […]

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SUNSHINE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SECRETS OF FARMERS TO MENTAL HEALTH – PANGILINAN

To Filipinos adjusting to the various quarantine levels during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Senator Kiko Pangilinan has revealed the secret of farmers to mental health: sunshine and physical activity. That was part of his response to a question during the webinar entitled “Moving Up: Youth Empowerment on Leadership and Personality Development,” led by the […]

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AGRI-TOURISM PROJECT BEGINS IN ABRA – DAR

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar and Abra Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos recently led the groundbreaking ceremony for an agri-tourism site in Tayum which will double as a training area for farmers. Bernos said the project site is a 34.293-hectare lot situated in Barangay Gaddani. “Having this spacious area in Tayum, why not utilize […]

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RELEASE FINANCIAL AID FOR FARMERS HIT BY EL NIÑO – ANAC-IP PARTYLIST

With crop damage caused by El Niño now reaching almost P8 billion, ANAC-IP Rep. Jose T. Panganiban who also chairs the House of Representatives’ agriculture committee is urging government to release needed financial aid to the 247,610 affected farmers and help offset their losses. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the […]

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NEW CREDIT PROGRAM FOR FRESH AGRI GRADS COULD ENTICE YOUTH TO PURSUE FARMING AS CAREER – PANGANIBAN

The chair of the House of Representatives’ agriculture committee lauded the Department of Agriculture for a new program aimed at providing loans to fresh graduates of agriculture and agriculture-related courses so they could further develop their farming projects and innovations. The program could very well entice more youth to pursue agriculture as a career, since […]

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VILLAR TO FARMERS: PLANT INBRED SEEDS

Senator Cynthia Villar is pushing for the planting of inbred seeds to help farmers increase rice production. During the graduation ceremonies for farmer leaders who completed the training program on farm mechanization and inbred seed production, Villar said compared to the more expensive hybrid seeds, the inbred seeds will help farmers produce more rice without […]

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DOT TO PROMOTE CLIMATE-SMART AGRI IN FARM TOURISM – BENGZON

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is keen on including climate-smart agriculture in its promotion of agri-tourism. DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. noted that climate-smart agriculture is a “fairly new concept to some” but it is something that the DOT could include in its promotion of farm tourism. “I think climate-smart (agriculture) and green technology, the […]

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ENGAGE THE YOUTH IN FARMING – ANGARA

Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara said the agriculture sector should look for creative ways to engage the youth in farming to ensure that there would be enough farmers to feed the country’s ever-growing population. “Youth engagement in agriculture is vital to ensuring that the Philippines will not have a scarcity of future food producers,” said Angara, […]

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GOV’T SHOULD DO MORE TO ADDRESS GENDER INEQUALITY IN RURAL AREAS – AGRI PARTY-LIST

As the country marked International Women’s Month, a party-list group representing the agriculture sector is calling on government to do more in addressing gender inequality in rural areas and provide women in agriculture with opportunities for decent livelihood. “March is International Women’s Month—this is a good time for government to take stock of what we […]

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AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION NEEDED TO REVIVE AGRI SECTOR – ANGARA

Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara is urging government to direct more energy and resources towards improving the agriculture sector to help the country achieve inclusive growth and food security. “If we invest more on revitalizing the agriculture sector, we provide not only food stability for the country’s growing population, but also jobs and livelihoods for millions […]