DA, DND open ‘Food Skyway’

AS IF to signify the importance of the fishery sector to the mandate of his agency and although it is yet to be officially amended by the Congress, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has opted to include ‘Fisheries’ to the official name of his department making it Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The move is also to send the message that the agency does not only cover farming but also fishing.

“I believe that the inclusion of the word "Fisheries" will signify the importance given by the administration of President Rody Duterte to the role of our fishermen in ensuring available…

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Piñol: PH lack farmers because of 4Ps

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said an apathy towards farming pervades the farm sector because farmers can get money anyway from the Conditional Cash Transfer program even without much hardwork.

The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, also known as 4Ps or the  Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program is a poverty alleviation program that provides poor families with regular cash dole-outs and monthly rice allowance.

While the Secretary acknowledged that 4Ps may be a quick fix to poverty in the countryside, it also adversely impacts rural productivity.

In a recent post in his Facebook account, Piñol shared that during the Biyaheng Bukid Forum…

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Impact of WTO on PHL agriculture sought

Party-list lawmakers are seeking an inquiry on the impact of World Trade Organization (WTO) policies and programs on the local vegetable, livestock and poultry sectors.

The Makabayan bloc filed House Resolutions (HR) 796 and 797 directing the House Special Committee on Globalization and WTO to conduct the investigation and look into the impact of WTO policies on the local farm sector as government moves to amend the Agricultural Tariffication Act.

The two resolutions, filed by the Makabayan bloc composed of Anak Pawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, Gabriela Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas, Act…

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