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Malaysian firm to turn land around Maguindanao massacre site into plantation

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Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu (second from right). AP FILE PHOTO

Idle land around the site of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in which 58 people were killed is up for conversion into a banana plantation and agricultural complex with amenities such as a hospital and a prayer house, Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu announced on Saturday.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Mindanao cacao production gets boost

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. FILE PHOTO

The hot chocolate you drink in the morning may soon be coming from Mindanao.

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Farm mechanization advocates to get more resources in 2014 budget

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Advocates of the greater use of machinery in farms have a golden opportunity in 2014 to tout the benefits of mechanization, if the expected increase in the budget of the Department of Agriculture delivers the desired results.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Sugar industry told to prepare for negative impact of tariff reduction under AFTA

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz: Pay before Dec. 24. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has urged all sugar industry stakeholders to work together in finding solutions to mitigate the negative impact likely to be felt when tariff on imported sugar is reduced to five percent by 2015 from 18 percent in 2013 under the Asean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA).

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Former overseas worker finds new career in organic food

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BAGUIO-BASED Mauricio Sandico invests his retirement money from an overseas job in a La Union farm. He and wife Fely are the main distributors of alfalfa sprouts in Baguio City. PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/ INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

After 24 years as an overseas worker in the Middle East, Mauricio Sandico returned home to explore business opportunities and ended up choosing a venture close to an advocacy he shares with his wife, Fely—organic and healthy food.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

More pests resistant to GM crops—study

Graphic showing the top producers of genetically modified crops. A study said on Monday, June 10, 2013, that more pest species are becoming resistant to the most popular type of genetically modified, insect-repellent crops, but not in areas where farmers follow expert advice.

More pest species are becoming resistant to the most popular type of genetically modified, insect-repellent crops, but not in areas where farmers follow expert advice, a study said on Monday.

Posted: June 11th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Philippine farmers hope for coconut craze windfall

LOCO OVER COCO. President Aquino shows “buko” juice in a pack from the Philippines which is now a craze in the United States during his speech upon arrival from the US. At right, Madonna touts a coco drink from a company where she was reported to have invested $10 million. ARNOLD ALMACEN; PHOTO FROM LAX-MAGAZINE.COM

Farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the US pop star’s endorsement of coconut water may help change her impoverished life for the better.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Precious goat milk goes up the value chain

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JSS Farms’ milk product.

Goat and sheep growers here are all thinking of “F4.” What is on their minds is not the popular boy band from Taiwan, but the fourth generation of goats which they started breeding a decade ago—an enhancement of the native race is how they described it. “F4” refers to a native goat now carries 93.75 percent of a foreign goat’s qualities.

Posted: June 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The economics at Casa San Miguel

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Between the mountains and the sea, in a mango orchard in the still idyllic town of San Antonio, Zambales, stands the chateau-like Casa San Miguel, a haven for the arts owned by the Bolipata family of musical fame. (On the maternal side, the grandfather of the Bolipata musicians was Ramon L. Corpus, a noted prewar [...]

Posted: June 26th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Invest in a lot and learn to farm

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TRUE to the farm’s concept, Terrazas de Barako has a distinctly Filipino ambiance in a thatch-roofed terrace setting.

Inside the sprawling Hacienda San Benito in Lipa City, a restaurant serves organic cuisine that not only fills the stomach but also makes use of farm produce planted and raised by residents themselves. Tucked away on the foothills of Mount Malarayat amid a backdrop of verdant landscape and a cascading pool is Terrazas de Barako, [...]

Posted: June 4th, 2011 in Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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