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The Department of Agriculture has expressed its full support to the staging in the Philippines in June 2014 of what could be Southeast Asia’s largest food exhibition. It is an opportunity for the country’s food, agriculture and agribusiness industries to pitch their export products to the world.
The Department of Agriculture organized on November 29, 2013, the first ever National Grains Traders, Wholesalers and Retailers Conference in the hope of consolidating information and ideas from stakeholders and come up with a mechanism that will strengthen and uplift the national rice sector.
The Agricultural Tramline System (ATS) project that is being spearheaded by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has made a positive impact on nearly 26,000 farmer-beneficiaries who are mostly members of indigenous peoples or tribes living in the uplands.
“The need to mechanize our farms is undeniably strong.”
This was the firm pronouncement of Asia Rice Foundation (ARF) Chair, Dr. Santiago R. Obien who added that after Typhoon Santi hit Nueva Ecija and Isabela and flattened the rice fields, no laborers would like to harvest, and so combine harvesters were used.
Following the wrath of Super typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Agriculture has set up interventions intended to stabilize markets, provide seeds for early recovery of crops and support the municipal fishery sector of the Eastern Visayas Region.
The Department of Agriculture led by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala honors this year’s outstanding achievers in agriculture and fishery, in simple 2013 Gawad Saka awarding ceremonies, 2 pm, at the Philippine International Convention Center, in Pasay City.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Emerson U. Palad and National Tobacco Administration (NTA) Administrator Edgardo D. Zaragoza, formally opened the P165-million (M) food processing and trading center, strategically located along the national highway of Brgy. Nanguneg East, Narvacan, in Ilocos Sur on October 30, 2013.
To be globally competitive, it is imperative to improve the quality of Philippine corn and further reduce its production cost by planting high-yielding, pest-resistant seeds, and using modern machinery and postharvest facilities.