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January 21, 2012 

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Manila Standard Today


Photo release

Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala holds a pack of okra, or lady fingers which continues to be in demand in international markets, specially in Japan.

Manila Standard Today


Othel Campos

JG Summit plans biofuel
The Gokongwei group plans to put up a bioethanol plant, possibly in Negros Occidental, to boost the country’s drive to reduce dependence on imported fuel.

Manila Bulletin


Marvyn Benaning

Sugarcane block farming in Batangas
The DA and DAR launched yesterday morning a sugarcane block farm project in Tuy, Batangas that allows groups of small farmers to profit more through consolidated production.

People’s Journal


Joel dela Torre

DA launches P400-M loan program to farmers
Sec. Proceso Alcala forged an agreement with the LBP president Gilda E. Pico for the loan program which is one of the credit components of the government for 2012’s food security under the FSSP. The DA and LBP each shared P200M for the initial implementation of the project.

Manila Standard Today


Othel Campos

Gov’t lobbies for continuation of US sugar quota
SRA Adm. Regina Bautista-Martin said that they will be going to the US by May to support the call for the extension of the tariff quota scheme.

Philippine Daily Inquirer


Riza Olchondra

Traders expect a good year for sugar
The Phil. sugar industry expects higher yield from Luzon and Mindanao, where warm weather has helped boost production, industry stakeholders said. As of Jan. 8, sugar output reached 882,956.85 MT. It was 24.77% higher than the reported volume of the same period last year.

Manila Bulletin



Tobacco dust for fish food
The Phil. has launched a new campaign promoting tobacco—not for smoking but for fish farming, Rex Teoxon of NTA said.


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