9 July 2017
MANILA, Philippines - Considered a high-value crop and major agricultural produce in the Cordilleras, annual demand for potato in the country is about 745,000 metric tons. With the increasing number of fastfood chains in the country, meeting the country’s requirement for processing varieties is a great challenge for our potato stakeholders. The Northern Philippines Root Crops Research and… Read more
By Louise Maureen Simeon2 July 2017
MANILA, Philippines -  The Department of Agriculture (DA) is allocating P2.5 billion for a loan program which aims to change the process of procuring rice seed varieties. The National Rice Productivity Loaning program  allows local farmers to have freer options in choosing the plant that will produce the best yield. “This program is expected to give a farmer a greater leeway in… Read more
By Anne Camille Brion18 June 2017
MANILA, Philippines - Can wastes ultimately find their way to our tables? This is what the Marinduque State College explored in one of their studies under the project, “Enhancing Productivity and Viability of Arrowroot Industry in Marinduque,” which was supported by the Bureau of Agricultural Research under the Department of Agriculture’s high value crops development… Read more
By Rita dela Cruz25 June 2017
MANILA, Philippines - The red Spanish pineapple is one of the four varieties of pineapple that are being grown in the Philippines, along with smooth Cayenne or Hawaiian, Queen or Formosa, and Cabezona. But due to the fibrous, sweet and coarse taste of its fruit, the red Spanish pineapple is mainly grown for its fiber. Compared to the other varieties, the red Spanish fruit is relatively small… Read more
By Jessa Jael S. Arana22 June 2017
The Institute of Human Nutrition and Food-College of Human Ecology (IHNF-CHE) and the UPLB Gender Center held the “Seminar on the establishment of on-campus lactation station” on June 15 at the CHE Multi-Purpose Hall. The seminar aimed to educate UPLB constituents on the importance of breastfeeding and providing workplace support to encourage lactating mothers to breastfeed their… Read more
By Dennis Jay Santos19 July 2017
Hundreds of people trapped in the southern Philippines city of Marawi are on the verge of starvation after four weeks of fighting between the army and Islamist militants. “They have been saying that they are already starting to eat cardboard boxes just to stop hunger,” said Maurico Civiles of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. “They may die of… Read more
By Jefferson Antiporda23 June 2017
Climate change will threaten food security if the country fails to manage water use efficiently, William Dar, president of the InangLupa Movement Inc., warned on Thursday. Dar said most countries, including the Philippines, can expect reduced crop yields by 2050 and the only way to avoid this is for the country to come up with methods to maximize the use of water resources and develop high value… Read more
19 June 2017
The National Food Authority (NFA) assures the public that there is no proof that fake rice is being sold in Philippine markets at present. The agency conducts daily monitoring of the rice market situation and has not found any adulterated or unusual rice stocks in any of the markets covered. Nevertheless, reports in social media showing alleged fake or plastic rice are being verified by… Read more
16 June 2017
The National Food Authority (NFA) has assured that rice prices in Marawi City and the whole of Mindanao remain stable in the wake of reports that commercial rice is being sold as high as P225 per kilogram or P5,000 per sack. Continuous market monitoring by the NFA in the whole of Mindanao showed that there is little increase in the prices of rice at only P1/kg to P2/kg in some areas. In… Read more
13 June 2017
Covering 57 hectares across three regional sites in Iloilo, Aurora and Southern Leyte, the demo plots were established as a core component of Better Rice Initiative ASIA (BRIA) in the Philippines training curriculum for extension intermediaries and smallholder farmers. The demo plots served as learning sites to contextualize lessons in the training of trainers (ToT) and farmer field schools… Read more
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