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AGRICULTURE

“Why are we sleeping on a very important project?”

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Over two years ago while we were in an event in Buluan, Maguindanao, I asked the approval of President Rody Duterte to seek Israel's help in implementing the Solar-Powered Irrigation Project which the Dept. of Agriculture proposed to boost the country's rice production.

As expected, Pres. Duterte gave me the green light and I proceeded to engage the Israeli Embassy in Manila and the LR Group, an Israeli agro-industrial company.

By Feb. 2019, the whole package was arranged.

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More Filipino farmers venturing into `organic farming’

COTABATO CITY --- Organic farming can bail central Mindanao farmers out from low earnings due to production challenges and climate change, agriculture officials said.

The prospects of organic farming was discussed during the March 29-30 Regional Food Security Summit in Koronadal City, capital of South Cotabato province.

The summit, attended by more than 300 representatives from central Mindanao’s agriculture and fisheries sectors, was organized by the office of Arlan Mangelen, regional executive director of the Department of Agriculture-12.

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Damaged crops sa Tulunan, North Cotabato, abot na P183-M

TULUNAN, North Cotabato - Tumaas pa sa P183, 914, 287.00 pesos ang kabuuang pinsala sa sektor ng agrikultura sa Tulunan, North Cotabato batay sa pinakahuling damage assessment report ng Municipal Agriculture Office o MAO ng bayan.

Sa ulat ng MAO, P183,501,050-million ang pinsala sa mga palayan, P286, 380 pesos sa mga maisan at P126, 857 sa ang pinsala sa mga banana plantation.

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Magsasaka na ang pananim ay sinalanta ng baha, tutulungan ng SoCot Agri office

KORONADAL CITY- Magbibigay ng planting materials at abono sa mga magsasaka na nalugi dahil sa masamang panahon nitong mga nakalipas na linggo ang provincial agriculture office ng South Cotabato.

Tiniyak ito ni Provincial Agriculture Officer Dr. Raul Teves. Ayon kay Teves, lumabas kasi sa kanilang assessment na pinapa ng malakas na hangin ang mga pananim na palay sa mahigit 250 ektaryang sakahan sa bayan ng Tantangan.

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DAR turns-over P68.9-M infra project NoCot town

CARMEN, North Cotabato -- Farmers can now bring their produce straight to the market without any delay or difficulty after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned-over infrastructure project amounting to P68.9 million on Thursday.

Engr. Reynaldo Anfone, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO), said the project, which includes the rehabilitation of 9.029 kilometer farm-to-market road with bridge covering barangays Cadiis and Macabenban, is a sub-project under the Mindanao Sustainable, Agrarian, and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project.    

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Gov’t support for marketing of local palay sought

NORTH COTABATO - Officials are now trying to address the continuing downswing in prices of palay and marketing constraints due to what is for local farmers “anti-poor” Rice Tarrification Law.

Gov. Nancy Catamco said Sunday the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist has been formulating plans meant to cushion the effects of the low prices now of palay and accruing marketing issues due to the abundance everywhere imported rice.

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MAFAR distributes machineries to improve farmers’ income and productivity

COTABATO CITY—Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) started Oct. 21 the initial mass distribution of the 72 units farming machineries allotted for farmers’ cooperatives in the five provinces of the Bangsamoro region.

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Peaceful Basilan now produces honeydew melon

BASILAN - The provincial government is encouraging farmers to propagate honeydew melon to hasten their recovery from “cocolisap” infestation that destroyed vast coconut farms in the province.

Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman said Monday they have proven last week, after harvesting honeydew melon in their drip-irrigated demonstration farm in Isabela City, that the crop is suitable to the climate and soil condition in the island province.

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Farmers: Wanton imports cause dip in corn and palay prices  

COTABATO CITY --- Farmers now feel the brunt of the wanton importation of rice and corn, for them the cause of the continuing downslide in domestic prices of both cereal grains.

Some big firms in Mindanao producing animal feeds and cornstarch have long been importing corn from abroad.

There are corn farmers in Upi and South Upi towns in Maguindanao now thinking of suspending their October-December cropping activities, apprehensive of bigger losses.

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Catamco calls for Congress to review, amend RTL

COTABATO CITY  – After listening to rice farmers’ dilemma, Cotabato provincial Gov. Nancy Catamco today called on Philippine Congress to review and amend the Rice Trariffication Law (RTL).

With that call, she has become the first local leader who called on Congress to amend the law which farmers clamed was disadvantageous to Filipino rice producers.

Cotabato province is one of the leading rice-producing provinces in Mindanao.

Listenign to farmers, Catamco saw the need to review, and amend the law to favor Filipino farmers instead of foreign rice producers.

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