Imported flowers pummel local harvest last V-Day

WHAT could have been a windfall last Valentine’s Day for local flower growers turned out to be a tale of woe as they found themselves being eased out of the burgeoning market for cut flowers that day by the huge imports from China.

Understandably, their production is largely dependent on fair weather, accessibility to the market by land and by cost of locally growing these horticultural expressions of love and emotion.

The months prior to January had not been easy on local cut flower growers, whose upland farms (most of them are small ones) were hit badly several times by…

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DA eyes live cattle imports from Australia

IN A MOVE seen to boost the livestock industry in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to include in its 2018 budget the procurement of live cattle from Australia.

Using the imported Australian cattle as surrogates for embryos, which are likely to be procured from Argentina, the DA intends to establish dairy municipal multiplier farms in the Cordillera region and Bukidnon, where the climate is cold. 

Technicians will be provided to the farms to ensure proper care of the cattle.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he discussed the possible importation beginning next year with Australian…

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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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“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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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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