News Monitor May 23, 2013



Submitted by Danica Melegrito/Gian Carlo Luague- DA-AFIS






Manila Times   


James Konstantin Galvez

Land Bank Q1 lending rises to P274 billion

In the first quarter this year, loan releases to small farmers and fisherfolk amounted to P7.7 billion, 6 percent higher than the P7.3 billion of last year. These loans were channeled through 477 farmers and fisherfolk cooperatives, and 151 countryside financial institutions and 55 irrigators’ associations.  

Philippine Star 


Rhodina Villanueva

Lead found in rice bag labels

The environment watchdog EcoWaste Coalition has detected lead in the labels of rice bags being sold in Metro Manila. In a letter to both the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, Aileen Lucero, acting national coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition, noted that lead was detected not only in the outer portions but also the inner sections of the sacks.

Daily Tribune   


Charlie Manalo

Killing his own bosses

According to House Minority Leader, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, instead of using the money from the coconut levy fund to assist the coconut farmers, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has channeled the money for Coconut Industry Investment Fund which has invested in at least three oil mills, San Pablo Manufacturing Corp., Legaspi Oil Co., Cagayan de Oro Oil Co., but which has been using imported palm oil instead of the locally produced coconut oil.

Manila Standard   


Rio N. Araja

Agencies pitch in for Luisita farmers

The Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies – the Sugar Regulatory Administration. National Dairy Authority and Agricultural Training Institute – plus Land Bank of thePhilippineswill be providing the support services to 6,212 farmers once parcels of Hacienda Luisita are distributed to them by middle of this year, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said.  

Business Mirror


Carey L. Biron

US govt accused of ‘corporate diplomacy’ for biotech industry

USpolicy currently sees biotechnologies as an important tool for making strides against global hunger. Agricultural production will need to increase by 60 percent or more by 2050, as the global population goes from 7 billion to 9 billion people.

Business Mirror


Joel R. San Juan

CA: Bt eggplant field trials unsafe for humans, environment

The Court of Appeals ruled recently that ongoing field trials for Bacillus thuriengensis (Bt) talong (eggplant) in the country pose risks to human health and the environment.

Business World


D.T Wee

Oil palm farming pushed in Mindanao

Converting more than 900,000 hectares of idle lands in Minadanao to oil palm plantations could reduce the southern island’s poverty rate according to the Mindanao Development Authority.

Businnes World


Romer Sarmiento

Top performance maintained

Despite a lower output, Region 12 or Soccsksargen remained the top coffee producer in the country last year, according to the regional office of the Department of Agriculture. Coffee production in the region reached 27,869 metric tons.

Business Mirror



Photo release: Fishermen’s Friends

The Manila Times


James Konstantin Galvez

BFAR sets registration standard for fisheries
In a bid to promote simplified and standardized registration system for fisheries sector, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched on Wednesday the National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration.



Madelaine Cabrera

PH registering fisherfolk

Business Mirror



DA to launch rice-production contest in June
The Department of Agriculture, through the Philippine Rice Research Institute will hold a nationwide rice-production competition dubbed “Palayabang: The 10-5 Challenge” next month.

Business Mirror


Jennifer A. Ng

US Food firm eyes coconut product import from PHL
Sysco, a major player in the US foodservice industry based in Houston, Texas has recently explored the possibility of importing Philippine coconut products, mainly coconut water.

Philippine Daily Inquirer


Riza T. Olchondra

US Company eyes coco products from PH


Philippine Star


Louella D. Desiderio

US firm to import coco water, calamansi juice

Business Mirror   


Jonathan L. Mayuga

DENR maps up more areas for greening program
The government is stepping up identification of more suitable areas for the ambitious National Greening Program of the Aquino Administration.




Jun Fabon

P55M Para sa coffee, bamboo plantations sa military camp
Pinondohan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources ng P55 milyon ang Department of National Defense para sa pagtatayo ng mga coffee at bamboo plantation sa 4,000 ektarya ng kampo ng militar sa Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.




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