Philippines

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Upgrading rice value chains to make them more sustainable involves identifying new markets for the byproducts that are generated along the way. Technological upgrading in rice farming, for example, can bring in new challenges. While mechanized rice harvesting eliminates the back-breaking work of traditional harvesting, accomplishing it in a shorter time leaves even more straw to dispose of. Instead of burning the straw, developing a value chain for the straw itself… Read more
With the goal to achieve a rice-secure Philippines, the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is working with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on various initiatives and interventions to improve the country's rice productivity, the latest involving water use efficiency.Under the national rice program, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and IRRI are undertaking a joint scientific effort to improve water use efficiency in the country's irrigation systems. With… Read more
The Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC) was given the Outstanding Institution Award by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). NRCP gives the award to institutions that have supported and contributed to the growth and development of basic sciences, humanities, and arts in the Philippines. PHTRC was commended by NRCP for being the only Philippine institution that implements a comprehensive research and extension (R&E) program on postharvest… Read more
The National Food Authority (NFA) through its Industry Services Department (ISD) has been accredited as Cooperative Training Provider by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) from April 25, 2017 to April 24, 2018. “The accreditation strengthens the role of NFA in empowering farmers’ cooperatives and organizations via capability building programs,” according to NFA administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino.  He said “Palay and corn farmers may now access various… Read more
SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY, Bulacan– In cooperation with the local government of this city, Departments of Agriculture and Social Welfare and Development, and SM City San Jose del Monte, the Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) a total of 201 farmers in 54 barangays in this City were able to finish the 12-week lecture and hands-on technological training. The graduation ceremony that was held at the event center at SM City here last Saturday was graced by Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the… Read more
The Philippines and Myanmar have agreed to further discuss agriculture and food processing investments under a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation to address the challenges of food security, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez announced. This was among the cooperation agreed during the official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte in Myanmar after meeting with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. A Memorandum of Understanding… Read more
PRESS RELEASE, 19 May 2017: Biotech/GM corn production in the Philippines rebounds in 2016 as the country remains to be the top grower of biotech or genetically modified (GM) crops in Southeast Asia, and ranks as the twelfth biggest producer of such crops in the world, according to the latest report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). ISAAA states that in 2016, 185.1 million hectares of biotech/GM crops were planted in 26 countries in Asia… Read more
PRESIDENTIAL Proclamation 1414, signed in 2007, stipulates “the policy of government to promote safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology and its products as one of the several means to achieve and sustain food security, equitable access to health and services, sustainable and safe environment and industry development.” Biotechnology, coined by Hungarian agricultural economist Karl Erchy by combining the two words, “bio [from biology]” and… Read more
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