By Roy Mabasa3 August 2021
Strengthening the agricultural sector, a robust disaster management plan and continuous skills training for farmworkers are just some of the key strategies in ensuring food security in the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Kelly Bird said Tuesday. Bird made these recommendations during the virtual “Discussion on Strategies for Food Security… Read more
By Eireene Jairee Gomez26 July 2021
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has aggressively stepped up its efforts to ensure stable and affordable food supply as the country continues to fight a raging pandemic. For the agriculture sector, 2020 was one of the most challenging years. As nations grappled with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Philippines faced massive challenges on top of the… Read more
19 May 2021
Four leading Filipino economists recommend that structural reforms are needed to remedy the plight of Philippine agri-fishery sector and reduce poverty among farmers and fishers, during the first day of the 2021 Food Security Summit organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA). For one, reforms must be made on the continued bias against agriculture in government budgetary allocation… Read more
By Rhea C. Abao, DA-Caraga RAFIS/PIA Caraga12 April 2021
The Department of Agriculture (DA)- Caraga together with the DA-Agricultural Training Institute-13 and DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute-Agusan gears up for the implementation of the Unified School-on-the-Air Program on Smart Rice Agriculture (SOA-SRA) in the region through a weeklong orientation with LGU partners regionwide. Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar's Eight Paradigms enunciated… Read more
By Patricia B. Mirasol10 February 2021
The typical dinner plate in 2050 should be diverse and mostly plant-based, with less rice and highly processed grains, according to academician Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr., chair of the Agricultural Sciences Division of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines. To ensure that the Philippines is adequately fed 30 years down the road, NAST envisions a system, dubbed “Feeding… Read more
By Leilanie Adriano22 February 2021
The Bacarra Zanjera Irrigators Multi-Purpose Cooperative, one of the largest cooperatives in Ilocos Norte, looks forward to consolidating agriculture and fishery products in the province to supply affordable and accessible goods to consumers in various parts of the country. With a grant of PHP5 million from the Department of Agriculture (DA), a consolidation and trading facility will soon rise… Read more
4 February 2021
Another milestone to the agricultural sector is set to happen on Friday, February 5, as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will have an inaugural distribution of certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) to 44 fresh graduates of agriculture-related courses, from the provinces of Cagayan and Palawan, to encourage the youth to engage in farming to keep the country’s food security on… Read more
20 January 2021
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will intensify its soil rejuvenation program nationwide to sustain the increased productivity of rice, corn, vegetables, coconut, fruits, and other major crops. “One of our continuing major challenges is how to increase productivity and reduce the cost of production. And as soil is the foundation of agriculture, we must protect, preserve, and nurture it to… Read more
By Jonathan L. Mayuga24 January 2021
Eyeing 33 of 146 highly urbanized cities as potential project sites for ‘Buhay sa Gulay,’ DAR uses urban farming program to boost food security and incomes of poor households. Amid the continuing threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has launched an “aggressive” urban farming program that will convert idle lands into vegetable production plots in highly… Read more
25 January 2021
Agriculture Secretary William Dar highlighted important directions and strategies in continuously making the country’s agriculture and fishery sector, and agribusiness and food systems smart and resilient under the “new normal.” “It is a very important direction to see to it that smart and resilient food systems in the country must be pursued, not only as ‘business-as-usual,’ but… Read more
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