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The country pays tribute to the hardworking labor force and stakeholders of Philippine agriculture and fishery sector as the Department of Agriculture leads the nationwide celebration of Farmers' and Fisherfolk's Month, with the theme: “Magsasaka't Mangingisdang Pilipino, Kaya nang Makipagsabayan sa Mundo.”
The Philippine agriculture industry grew by 3.3 percent (%) in the first three months of 2013, as all four subsectors — crops, fishery, poultry and livestock — posted respective increases, grossing a total of P352.5 billion at current prices.
The Department of Agriculture is allotting an initial P28.8 million (M) to help develop and promote agri-tourism sites under a multi-sectoral collaboration, aptly called “Green Initiative,” involving other concerned government agencies, academe and private institutions.
With rice self-sufficiency in sight, the Philippines after 40 years will once again export rice, initially comprising of 35 metric tons (MT) of aromatic, long-grain and organic black rice bound for Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Department of Agriculture has earmarked P24 million (M) to lead the restoration of typhoon-damaged portions of the Banawe rice terraces, and another P10M to further develop and increase the production of traditional or ‘heirloom’ rice varieties for both domestic and export markets.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of National Defense (DND) have launched a joint project to transform idle or reserved areas in military camps into farms, and enable military personnel to produce their own rice, corn, rootcrops, vegetables, fruits, fish and other food requirements.
The Department of Agriculture is allotting an initial P80 million (M) for various agricultural and fishery projects to further increase the productivity and incomes of small farmers and fisherfolk in five towns comprising the Polillo group of islands, in Quezon.
The Department of Agriculture is allotting P500 million to encourage more farmers to plant hybrid rice varieties, and contribute in attaining national rice sufficiency by the end of this year and beyond.
The Philippines is eyeing to export yellow onions to other countries, starting with Japan.
The Department of Agriculture is partnering with the National Onion Growers Cooperative Marketing Association, Inc. (Nogrocoma) to make it a reality. Several DA and NOGROCOMA officials sent off a trial shipment of 20 metric tons of yellow granex onions to Japan, on March 16, 2013, at the Manila Harbor Center.