Agri Newsbriefs (August 7-13, 2017)

BFAR places Visayan Sea under protection 

IN A bid to prevent overfishing and other illegal marine activities, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has placed Visayan Sea under its direct control and supervision.

The move has made the body of water which is one of the richest fishing grounds in the country, the first Fisheries Management Area (FMA) in the country in compliance with Republic Act 10654, or the amended Fisheries Code.

As a result, BFAR along with the local government units and stakeholders will craft a fisheries management framework plan for enforcement activities, establish reference points for…

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Waterless LGUs to have own supply soon

REALIZING that there are still many municipalities and villages throughout the country that are yet to enjoy adequate and safe water supply, the Department of the Interior and Local Government is now building the capacities of its regional water and sanitation partners and stakeholders to ensure that local government units (LGUs) are able to implement their water and sanitation projects more effectively.

“The Department needs to ensure that regional water and sanitation hubs are ready to train and guide the waterless LGUs to design, build, maintain and operate water, sanitation and hygiene projects and facilities,” said DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S.…

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Solon alarmed over diminishing number of farmers

AGRICULTURE is literally a dying sector. As such, there might come a time that the country would no longer have enough food production to feed its growing population.

This after Samar 1st District Rep. Edgar Sarmiento revealed that the country is losing at least one percent of its workforce in the agricultural sector every year.

“This is very alarming. We are losing not hundreds but tens of thousands of work force involved in food production every year,” he said.

 

Declining Number

He raised fears after he found out that an average of .53 to 1.39 percent of workers are…

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DA fair aims to lower food prices

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol hopes to create a marketing initiative that would eventually eliminate cartels, middlemen and dicers and make food available and affordable to Filipinos.

As part of this objective, Pinol recently launched TienDA Food Fair which he expects could pave the way for the lowering down of prices of essential products in the markets through their food outlets.

“This is just the beginning. We hope to see by the end of President Duterte’s term, food outlets in key urban centers of the country,” Pinol said at the opening of the pilot project at the Bureau of Plant Industry…

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World Bank loan for local farm projects

THE World Bank has approved a $99.3-million loan to partly finance a project in the Philippine aimed at improving farmers’ competitiveness and market access.

According to reports written by Ben O. de Vera of the PDI , the World Bank- a Washington-based multilateral lender said its board of directors on June 9 approved financing for the Philippines’ $231-million Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness (Ipac) project.

The Department of Agrarian Reform-led undertaking will also be financed by the government ($131 million) and the beneficiaries ($28 million).

The World Bank said about 300,000 farmers and farm workers stood to benefit from…

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