mb.com.ph | Philippine News | Archive | Agriculture | 7
Home  » Others » Agriculture

Agriculture

Negros Island diversifies into tilapia culture

Negros Island which was created into a new region only recently is popularly known as the county’s sugar bowl. Pretty soon, the island region could also be known as a producer of diversified agri-aqua products. One program that is being seriously undertaken now is the promotion of tilapia culture. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched sometime back a program that aims to transfer the latest aquaculture technologies to fish farmers and investors in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. The project includes the establishment of a tilapia hatchery that will produce fingerlings of GET EXCEL and red tilapia strains to meet the requirements of big and small fishpond operators. The tilapia project will be highlighted at the 2016 edition of Agrilink trade expo which will be held on October 6-8 at the …

Read More

Tampakan certificate of land ownership awards face scrutiny

MANILA, Aug. 12 -- Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael Mariano wants an investigation into certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) reportedly issued to farmers in land that is the proposed site of the Tampakan open pit mining in South Cotabato province. "The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and National Commission for Indigenous Peoples must discuss and investigate this matter," he said Friday during a briefing in Metro Manila. He said the investigation will show if the land in question must indeed be covered by CLOAs. "There are cases in which land covered by CLOAs shouldn't be," he noted. The CLOA is an evidence of land ownership. According to Republic Act 6657 (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988 as amended), CLOAs are issued for private agricultural lands and resettlement areas …

Read More

Seed firms are active in techno dissemination

Private companies are most active in disseminating improved techniques in producing high-value crops. And they could be considered responsible for the rapid adoption of new production techniques, practical farming and marketing ideas. Many of them organize harvest festivals, field days, mini trade expos in farming communities, and the like. Just like the Watermelon Expo staged by East-West Seed earlier last May in Brgy. Lusod, Maddela in Quirino province. The two-day expo was participated in by farmers who planted the improved crop varieties from the seed company. The event had interesting highlights that enhanced awareness of the attendees on the superior varieties of watermelons and other high-value crops, particularly vegetables. The attendees were able to have a free taste of the different varieties of watermelons like Sugar Baby Max, Sugar Ball, Orange, Red Delight …

Read More

Pinol orders BFAR to ensure stable supply of fish in markets

MANILA -- With the directive issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to dismantle big fish pens at Laguna Lake, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Pinol has ordered the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to ensure steady supply of fish in the market. "While the order to dismantle the fish pens was directed at the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) Secretary, the DA and its line agency -- the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources -- will be actively involved in the effort because of the order's impact on the fish supply of Metro Manila," said Pinol in a statement. "DA-BFAR must come up with a back-up plan to ensure that during the period of the dismantling of the fish pens, sources of fish from other parts of the country …

Read More

Land Bank launches agri video series

Land Bank of the Philippines has launched the second season of the AgriCoolture video series under its Gawad e-Dukasyon program. This series is a partnership with Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) designed to educate students on agriculture and fisheries at a young age to renew enthusiasm for the agriculture sector. The program forms part of LandBank’s campaign towards agri-aqua-preneurship, to shift the perception of agriculture and fisheries from just a traditional means of livelihood to a profitable business venture. This new series follows the success of the first season, which reached more than 4 million 8th grade students from more than 4,000 public schools, along with roughly 10,000 out-of-school youth and mature learners enrolled in DepEd’s Alternative Learning System. “The videos were first launched in 2014 and have since garnered very positive feedback …

Read More

How to be more competitive in Asean market

The Philippines is way behind in a number of ways compared to other member countries of ASEAN when it comes to agriculture. The facts and figures that tell us why were presented by Dr. William Dar during a roundtable discussion on the future of Philippine agriculture beyond six years. The event was convened last July 28 at UP Diliman by StratSearch Foundation headed by Dr. Clarita Carlos. Dr. Dar is a former agriculture secretary during the first year of the Estrada administration. Then he became the most successful head of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in India which he served for a record three terms. The Philippines has been underperforming in agri productivity. From 1961 to 2012, the annual growth rate in agri productivity in the …

Read More

Locally made rice machines are cheaper

Rice transpanters and harvesters are becoming the norm as labor becomes a big problem during harvesting and planting time because there is a shortage of workers in the farm. As of now, however, only machines from Japan, Korea are being available in the market. These machines are a big boon to rice farmers because they are fast in doing the job. And they are particularly needed when there are emergencies. For instance, if there is an impending typhoon when the rice grains are ripening, they can be harvested before the weather disturbance arrives. The imported machines are expensive and not all farmers may be able to afford them. That could be one reason why local engineers and scientists have been working to develop their own models. And the results of their efforts …

Read More

Group calls for creation of banana industry council, research center

DAVAO CITY -- An enabling law that will ensure the establishment of a National Banana Industry Council is needed to further boost the banana industry in the country. Philippine Exporters Confereration, Inc. in Davao region (Philexport-11) executive director Edwin Sotto said that alongside with the institutionalization of the banana council is the creation of a banana research center that will be established in Mindanao. “We have laws, councils and research centers created for other major crops in the country but there is nothing on the banana industry,” Sotto said. Banana, he added, is the top grossing export commodity of the Philippines and runs along with other crops such as pineapple in bringing dollars into the country. Sotto said the call for the creation of a banana industry council and research center will be part …

Read More

Taiwan fruit and flower farm tour

We have been invited to participate in a fruit and flower farm tour by the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association from August 1 to 5. Hopefully we will be able to pick up some novel ideas which can be adopted by Filipinos who are interested in developing agri-tourism destinations. A new law on farm tourism in the Philippines was enacted during the last Congress which should encourage more entrepreneurs in developing farms that will attract local and foreign visitors. ORGANIC DRAGON FRUIT – The Xing Ke Dragon Fruit Farm will be one of our destinations for picking organic dragon fruit. The farm is small, only about half a hectare, but it attracts a lot of visitors because it produces different varieties of dragon fruit organically. The varieties include red, white and yellow. …

Read More

Piñol hikes proposed DA budget to P 71-B for 2017

To meet rice sufficiency in 2019, Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Pinol has raised the proposed budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA) from P 46 billion to P 71 billion. "The new budget request I submitted to Malacanang, to the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) for 2017 is no longer P 46 billion, it's P 71 billion because that already includes the first tranche of the three-year rice program," said Pinol in a press conference. He noted that the government has pushed back its rice self-sufficiency target due to constraints in the availability of funds needed to increase productivity and areas dedicated to palay. As such, Pinol said the DBM has urged them to defer full implementation of the program by next year, stressing that any realignment of funds during this time would …

Read More