“LAND RETURN” PROGRAM vs PEACE IN MINDANAO

The possible resurgence of conflict in MINDANAO with the resumption of fighting between government forces and the NPA may lead to an all out war unless there is a paradigm shift in the approach of the government to bring PEACE IN MINDANAO and also with the NPA. 

A non-military approach could be the key,  as what appeared in the SANDIWA, a newsletter of KaMMMPi (Kapisanan ng Magsasaka, Mangindisda at Manggagawa ng Pilipinas ),  farmers federation, whose National Chairman comes from Lamitan, Basilan as follows;

“BASILAN ISLAND: The continuing conflict in Mindanao has its roots. It   was when the…

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P120 –B earmarked to improve farmers’ lives

By Tracy Cabrera

IT’S ironic that food producers in the Philippines—farmers and fisherfolk—can barely afford to provide food and the most basic of needs to their families. 

Though they produce commodities consumed by all, the agricultural workers are one of the poorest sectors in the country, consistently posting a high poverty incidence for many years.

The government recognizes the urgency of this incongruity and problem, thus making agricultural and rural development a main priority in the national agenda.

One of the efforts of the government towards this thrust is the hefty allocation in the 2017 budget for agricultural development…

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Corn makes record-breaking harvest

THIS is the first time that the Philippines will be exporting corns to neighboring Asian countries as harvests of the product this year will breach the 5.6-million ton domestic requirement.

Citing the report of Assistant Secretary Federico Laciste, National Corn Program coordinator, Pinol said the Philippines’ yellow and white corn harvest for 2017 is expected to hit 8.1-million metric tons in spite of the series of natural calamities which hit the country recently, including the 7-month El Niño.

This developed as Piñol commended his people for the newest breakthrough in the Philippine agriculture.

He added that the production…

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If I were president

A few days ago, my girl friend who sacrificed 50 years of her 70 years as my friend, my lover and my wife celebrated our 50th year with a simple dinner in our house. It was just the two of us since we have not been able to save enough money to celebrate. 

She is Consuelo D. Torres, daughter of Principal and woman farmer in Brgy. Guisguis, Sta. Cruz, Zambales. It was her beauty and the beauty of Zambales with pristine and unpolluted rivers from the Zambales mountains to the sea that made me loved her and stayed in…

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Dairy products sufficiency pushed

UNKNOWN to many of us, the Philippines is only 1 percent sufficient in milk, which means that 99% of dairy products being consumed in the country are imported.

This and the fact that there is a low number of dairy herd population, both in buffalo and cattle, are the primary reasons why Dr. Eufrocina DP. Atabay of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) conducted a program to help in reproduction of dairy animals.

In the country, 64 percent of the total local milk volume is provided by cattle while the remaining 34 percent is provided by buffalos.

“But…

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