Philippines

13 February 2019
LOS BAŇOS, Laguna -- Scientists and experts have proposed to government policymakers the crafting of research-based legislations that will address food security issues. The panel of savants from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Japan’s Nagoya University (NU) and University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) and the academe, pitched the call on Monday at a forum… Read more
7 February 2019
According to a recent study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the current chronic malnutrition rate among Filipino children aged 0 to 2 is at 26.2 percent, the highest in 10 years. To help fight malnutrition, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Department of… Read more
By Sonny P. Pasiona
Photos by Jayson Berto and Carlo Dacumos Now that the K to 12 program is gaining momentum, teachers who handle agriculture-related subjects may have to level up in nurturing the future workforce that will propel the agriculture sector. A recent industry summit organized by the Department of Education gathered over 200 school representatives—mostly principals—to share… Read more
28 January 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) and industry stakeholders have agreed to push for farm tourism as a product under the National Tourism Development Plan(NTDP), Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. “We all agreed to make farm tourism a tourism product,” Puyat told The Star when asked about the outcome of the NTDP review consultation meeting last week. The… Read more
26 January 2019
MANILA - A Philippine food processing firm has announced that it would stop the use of endangered fish species Tawilis in its production, vowing to support preservation efforts.  In a statement posted on Twitter, San Marino, the canned fish line of food processing firm CDO Foodsphere Inc, said it would immediately pull out its Premium Tawilis product from store shelves.  "San Marino… Read more
10 January 2019
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will transform San Roque, Northern Samar from being a poverty-stricken town into the biggest rice seed production center in the country this year. In a post on his social media account Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the project will tap about 2,000 hectares for the production of seeds of high-yielding rice varieties developed by the… Read more
9 January 2019
BAGUIO CITY - Farmers in Benguet province were forced to throw away tons of vegetables they harvested last week as prices sank in markets and trading posts amid oversupply.  Agot Balanoy, Benguet Farmer's Marketing Cooperative's general manager said there was an oversupply of vegetables as crops that were supposed to have been harvested weeks earlier were harvested only in the last few… Read more
10 January 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) urges the immediate enactment of the rice tariffication bill, saying it is “fundamental” to the stabilization of food prices. The bill amending the two-decade-old Agricultural Tariffication Act of 1996 replaces the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice imports with a 35 percent tariff. It is set to be… Read more
6 December 2018
This is a press release from the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Insitute. From 300 film concept proposals to 45 film entries, 7 films finally earned the nod of judges and selected viewers in the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition. The Awarding Ceremony, held last November 28 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, was attended by… Read more
By Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio12 November 2018
The Bureau of Fisheries and Agricultural Resources (BFAR) said that the Philippines has to develop markets for tilapia, a widely-cultivated fish, amid a consumer preference for galunggong, or round scad. Speaking to reporters, BFAR National Director Eduardo B. Gongona said, “Tilapia growing is well-developed. What we have to develop is the market.” Mr. Gongona said that among… Read more
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