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 […]

Implementation of law easing rice imports to begin March 5

The new law easing import restrictions on rice will take effect on March 5, the Department of Finance (DOF) clarified Tuesday. A DOF press release on Monday said that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the rice tariffication law will be enacted on March 3. The DOF is part of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council.  Read more: […]

UN, Japan to implement $1.76-M agri program in Mindanao

MANILA — Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will start implementing their USD1.76 million agricultural training program for the Bangsamoro region in March 2019, the FAO announced Wednesday. Read more: UN, Japan to implement $1.76-M agri program in Mindanao

Why PH lags behind rural, agri devt

With the country’s agriculture sector growing by a dismal 0.56 percent in 2018 and rural poverty remaining high, there is a need to sound the alarm on what needs to be done for the country’s agriculture sector and rural areas. Read more: Why PH lags behind rural, agri devt

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