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Smugglers getting back smuggled goods

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Since smugglers are rarely penalized, the Alyansa Agrikultura has recommended since its founding in 2003 that smugglers not be given the opportunity to get back their smuggled goods through auction. Except for rice and sugar, this policy has been generally implemented.

Posted: September 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Tarlac farmers look El Niño in the eye

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PAGASA senior weather specialist Anthony Lucero (foreground) and farmer Homer Bucad learn from each other during as field work.

On a Wednesday morning in late July, rice fields in Barangay Sto. Domingo of Gerona town along the Tarlac River are wet, thanks to light showers.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Economy rebounds: 6.4%

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A vendor arranges eggs for sale at a wet market in Manila on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The Philippine economy bounced back to post 6.4 percent growth in April to June, the second-highest in Asia despite "underspending" by the government, authorities said.  AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Economic growth was faster than expected in the second quarter, driven by the strong manufacturing sector, putting the country back on track to meeting state targets.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Agriculture: Still the most potent weapon against poverty

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I was browsing over articles I have written and I stumbled on this piece that I find still very relevant, 15 years after. Here are excerpts from that article published in 1999: “A review of Philippine experience in managing economic development shows a strong bias against agriculture. Since the 1950s, industrialization has been the main [...]

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Wholistic help for farmers and fisherfolk

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When help is given to farmers and fisherfolk, it is best to use a wholistic approach. Some limit themselves to production. Thus, they choose cost-effective technology and provide effective training. Others know that even with this help, a product without a market can be more bane than boon. Thus, they provide market information, market leads, market pricing and even market contracts.

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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