Agri-agra loans rise 19% in Q1

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine banks continued to fall short of the mandated threshold for agriculture and agrarian reform lending despite the 18.9 percent increase in the first quarter, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed. The BSP reported the banking system was able to set aside a total of P711 billion of total […]

More Pinoys going choco loco? World can’t have enough of it either

On World Chocolate Day, it’s amusing to think many Filipinos will aban­don meat and rice to lose weight, but they will never stop eating chocolates. This is why many more Filipino investors are now into making their own chocolate brands. It is a lucrative business, they said, but the problem is that the country’s supply […]

The light that LAMPCO brings to farmers

As a liaison officer in San Isidro municipal hall, Loreto Davis, 57, hopes to retire early so he can focus on managing his 1.7-hectare farm with trees of cacao and coconut. With the falling prices of copra, Davis, a member of Small Coconut Farmers Organization (SCFO) in San Isidro, Davao del Norte has been planting […]

DOST trains entrepreneurs, farmers on product applications

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) trained entrepreneurs and farmers with product applications in order to mobilize surplus of tropical fruits during its seasons and provide value-addition to increase their marketability. This was done through “Training on Tropical Fruits Processing with Awareness-Seminar on Basic Food Hygiene” held at Gorgeous Farm, Brgy. Niyogan, Laurel, Batangas. […]

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