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Soy swift solution for ‘Yolanda’

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The government has just announced a P42-billion fund to address the Yolanda crisis. In the meantime, there is a need for swift, simple, inexpensive solutions to address the hunger problem in the Yolanda-stricken areas. Soy is one such solution.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Marshall Plan for Leyte and Samar agriculture

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It is said that every year, typhoons are obliged to pay a courtesy call to Leyte and Samar. Supertyphoon “Yolanda” did more than that. It destroyed their agriculture.

Posted: November 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agriculture, big business and inclusive growth

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Last July 3, the Alyansa Agrikultura received an invitation to meet the Secretaries of the Economic Development Cluster. The objective was to discuss issues and proposed measures for the next three years of the Aquino administration. This was a followup to the June 19 letter to the President signed by 13 organizations, mostly representing big businesses. Alyansa Agrikultura, which represented small agribusiness, farmers and fisherfolk was included. This was a breakthrough.

Posted: July 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agri anchors, roadmaps, governors

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Just as there should be national agricultural commodity  roadmaps, there should also be provincial agricultural  roadmaps that reflect the commodity plans. Critical to these are the identified existing and potential anchor projects that will make possible the economies of scale to ensure competitiveness.   Agriculture clusters   In a previous article, we wrote about the [...]

Posted: April 4th, 2013 in Columnists | Read More »

NGOs and agriculture anchors

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For agriculture to be sustainable, it must be profitable. NGOs can play a big role in making this happen. They can be the catalysts for the creation of agriculture anchors that will make farmers profitable using economies of scale in technology transfer, selling and purchasing.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Incentives that hinder growth (part 2)

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Incentives can help, but these can also hinder, growth. And while some incentives help grow a small sector in a limited way, these same incentives may harm the growth of a larger sector over a longer term.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Flawed procedure at Customs

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Because of what I believe is a flawed procedure at the Bureau of Customs, the planned raid to confiscate smuggled carrots from China last Dec. 10 failed.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agriculture progress, PPP and the mayors

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After growing by 2.6 percent last year, the agriculture sector grew by 1 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively, in the first and second quarters of this year.

Posted: September 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Farmers bullish on BoC’s Biazon

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Leaders of Alyansa Agrikultura, a coalition of 42 federations and organizations representing all the major agricultural sectors, will meet newly installed Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Friday. The fight against smuggling revolves around the issue of political will. Because of what Biazon has announced and done during the last few weeks, the [...]

Posted: September 30th, 2011 in Columnists,Headlines | Read More »

Gold from goats

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It is true that gold is found under the earth. But above the surface, the equivalent of gold in cash can be found in many agricultural opportunities that have gone largely untapped. This is because neither the government nor the private sector has given agriculture its due importance. It is time to change all this. [...]

Posted: September 16th, 2011 in Columnists | Read More »

Irrigation watch

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No water, no food. That may sound like an exaggerated statement, but it is not. A look at today’s literature shows an inextricable link between water and food. On a more ominous note, others say the next global crisis, and even war, will revolve around water. Compounded by climate change and rapid population growth, we [...]

Posted: June 10th, 2011 in Columnists | Read More »

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