Educational, health and medical benefits for sugar farmers sought

In her desire to provide a “decent living” for the country’s 62,000 sugar farmers, Negros Occidental Rep. Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” Arroyo has batted for the expansion of the government’s socio-economic program to address their educational, health and medical needs. She said the government should strengthen the rights of the sugar workers by augmenting their income […]

Group proposes to use Coco Levy fund for enterprise development

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – A Mindanao farmers’ group urged the government to use a portion of the coconut levy fund worth P75 billion to assist the coconut farmers here venture into a value-adding enterprise to help them recover from the low market price of whole nuts and copra. Romeo V. Ticon, project […]

Ucap sees increase in coco-oil exports

THE Philippines will end the year with coconut-oil (CNO) shipments of 970,000 metric tons in copra terms (MT-CT) due to higher demand from the country’s major markets, the United Coconut Association of the Philippines (Ucap) said on Thursday. Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Ucap Executive Director Yvonne T.V. Agustin said CNO shipments […]

PH signs P44-B agri project deal with Israel

MANILA — In a bid to strengthen the agriculture industry and support farmers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) closed a deal with the Israeli government for a PHP44-billion loan to complete the proposed solar power plant project. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz on Tuesday signed the Implementing Agreement […]

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 […]

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. […]

Best of PH coconut products showcased at DC Filipino food fest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The best of Philippine coconut products made a splash in the first-ever Taste the Philippines DC Filipino Food Festival held at the District Wharf on June 22. The Philippine Embassy, through the Office of the Agriculture Attaché, showcased an array of coconut products samples of which were enjoyed by festival-goers. Among those products sampled […]

What SDGs?

I remember a quiz show where someone was asked: “What are the SDGs?” And the contestant had a look that was not only puzzled, but scared. Because maybe, he never heard about the SDGs and thought it was some disease coming like the Swine Flu or H1N1. Many business people still are unaware that the […]

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