Coco trust fund bill slated for Senate’s approval today

Senate has approved on second reading the bill creating the coconut industry trust fund, which Senator Cynthia Villar says,  addresses the decades-old issue surrounding the coconut levy fund and how it can be used for the benefit of 3.5-million coconut farmers in the country. Read more: Coco trust fund bill slated for Senate’s approval today

PHL food security assured despite shrinking number of farmworkers

More workers are leaving the farm sector based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), as the sector’s share in total employment fell to just 25.43 percent in 2017, from 46.03 percent in 1993. But Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol is not worried, saying this could indicate that agriculture in the Philippines is modernizing. […]

DAR’s Usapang Kalakalan opens marketing prospects for Mindanao farmers

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agricultural Development (MinSAAD), a project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), opens prospects for Mindanao farmers to sell their products on a larger scale via the Usapang Kalakalan Forum held Tuesday at the Apo View Hotel here. Read more: DAR’s Usapang Kalakalan opens marketing prospects for […]

Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states

MANILA, Philippines – Voting 19-0, the Senate on Monday, March 5, concurred in the ratification of the free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states, composed of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Read more: Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states

Firm taps Davao cacao for Belgian chocolates

DAVAO CITY — An international chocolate producer will make original Belgian chocolate using cacao beans from Davao. Read more: Firm taps Davao cacao for Belgian chocolates

NEDA sees export potential of coffee, cacao

MANILA — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is looking to tap into the huge potential for growth in exports of high-value products especially coffee and cacao, in its efforts to diversify the country’s export products. Read more: NEDA sees export potential of coffee, cacao 

How the country can export more farm products

Can the Philippines become one of the farm export powerhouses in Southeast Asia? My answer would be “yes.” But a lot needs to be done. Read more: How the country can export more farm products

‘Negrense coconut farmers need more gov’t support’

An award-winning coconut farmer-producer in Negros Occidental stressed the need for more government support to farmers to expand the country’s coconut sugar industry. Read more: ‘Negrense coconut farmers need more gov’t support’

Inclusive growth through agriculture

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda)-Davao is pushing for the advancement and the development of agriculture in a bid to foster inclusive development in the rural areas. Read more: Inclusive growth through agriculture

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