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Philippine agriculture inadequately addressed in Asean

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At the April 10 Asean Economic Community (AEC) Forum, Alyansa Agrikultura leaders felt that the government needed to give more attention to Philippine agriculture.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Gov’t urged to take into account incomes of farmers, fishers

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For inclusive growth to make sense, one needs to take into account the incomes of farmer and fisherfolk, apart from production (or “gross value added”), which is the basis of traditional measurement.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

DA: Mechanization key to food security

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As the country renews efforts to attain rice self-sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture is now looking for a boost from the provinces of Pangasinan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Kalinga where the mechanization level of farms is highest in the country.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

In Mindanao, agri groups heave sigh of peace

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Agriculture industry groups on Thursday heaved a collective sigh of relief during the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), hoping that the pact would open up more “productive opportunities” in Mindanao.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Roadmaps and budgets

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Growth Targets for Agriculture

Last March 14, members of the budget committee of the public-private sector National Agriculture and Fisheries Council (NAFC) met to discuss the proposed Department of Agriculture (DA) budget for 2015.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

San Francisco traders, execs keen on setting up firms in PH

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An employee works on a machine inside a newly built product distribution warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, in this file photo. AFP

A trade delegation comprising of 70 businessmen and government officials from San Francisco, California, has expressed interest in tapping prospective investment opportunities and possibly setting up manufacturing facilities in the Philippines.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ hits PH coconut oil exports

This aerial photo shows uprooted coconut trees on a hill near the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013 only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. AFP FILE PHOTO

Coconut oil exports fell 35 percent at the start of this year, driving up global prices, after a super typhoon destroyed millions of trees, an industry group said Tuesday.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

NIA gets P587M for irrigation system rehab

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The Department of Budget and Management has released P584.7 million to fund the rehabilitation of irrigation systems nationwide.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Urban farming pushed to help attain food self-sufficiency

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The Department of Agriculture is pushing for proposed laws that mandate urban and vertical farming, which would help attain food self-sufficiency.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Why 1.1% agriculture growth?

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While the Philippine economy grew by 7.2 percent in 2013, agriculture grew by only 1.1 percent.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Inclusive agriculture

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Ironically, despite our high economic growth, unemployment and poverty is still on the rise. The solution to that is inclusive growth.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agri group scores ‘fear mongering’ on alleged WTO sanctions on PH

The government is set to continue importing milled rice this year even as the country renews its push for self-sufficiency, according to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The agriculture-industry alliance Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) has scored former agriculture department officials and self-styled trade experts for sowing fear of possible retaliatory trade sanctions should the Philippines continue to impose quantitative restrictions (QRs) on rice.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

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