Philippines

19 August 2018
Farmer-leaders from Mindanao have signified their support for the application of modern biotechnology tools in agriculture, even as they keenly await the commercial release of “Pinoy biotech crops.” Twenty-eight farmer-leaders from six regions in Mindanao, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, added their signatures to more than 200 other previous signatories in the… Read more
20 July 2018
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has began the public consultation on the proposal for the field trial application of genetically modified Golden Rice (GR2E) variety in the Philippines. This, after the Department of Agriculture–Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) advised PhilRice to “proceed with the public consultation for Golden Rice” as the… Read more
24 July 2018
MANILA -- One of the highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address was about access to universal health care. As ordinary citizens, how can we help ourselves maintain a healthy lifestyle so we could better avoid getting sick and be healthier? The National Nutrition Council (NNC) suggests trying food gardening. Every July, the country observes Nutrition Month… Read more
30 May 2018
The island province that produces one of the world’s sweetest mango varieties is currently hosting the 20th National Mango Congress. Ramon Marañon, chairperson of the Guimaras Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (Guimaras PAFC), said this year’s theme is focused on increasing local mango productivity through the collaborative effort of local government units (LGUs)… Read more
5 July 2018
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4 July 2018
TACLOBAN CITY -- Food gardening is seen as a strategy to combat malnutrition among children in Eastern Visayas, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) said as the country celebrates Nutrition Month. Citing surveys, NNC regional program coordinator Catalino Dotollo said only 67 percent of households in the country have vegetable garden, depriving families of consuming nutritious foods. During… Read more
1 July 2018
There is a declining interest in agriculture among Filipino youth, according to an official of the Department of Agriculture. In a statement released Saturday, the House committee on constitutional amendments invited the DA to present threats to the country’s agricultural sector amid the government's bid to change into a federal system. “The average age of our farmers as of date is 57 years… Read more
4 April 2018
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The field of academia is an intimidating and largely unfamiliar one, especially in the Philippines, where science is viewed as something learned in the primary to tertiary educational levels, but uncommonly taken up as a career onwards. Our parents would rather we become professionals in the medical field or be an engineer — to pursue more… Read more
14 April 2018
The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) based here is inviting schools division administrators and supplemental feeding program planners in the Calabarzon Region for a forum to present the results and outputs of their school-based nutrition study on May 8. IIRR Country Manager for the Philippine Program Emelita Monville Oro, in her invitation, said that the action research… Read more
By Madelaine B. Miraflor
Farmers may no longer have to worry about low yield on the weight of water-related stress, thanks to some stress resistant rice varieties that were just recently developed by Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). Originally, rice varieties are really highly vulnerable to abiotic (particularly water-related) stress, such as drought, submergence, and salinity (concentration of salt… Read more
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