Agri output slightly up in 2019

MANILA–The Philippine agriculture sector grew by 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing full-year growth to 0.7 percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday. The full-year growth figure, which is slightly faster than the 0.6 percent growth rate posted in 2018, falls short of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) target of … Read More

Ilocos farmers learn adaptation strategies to beat climate change

LAOAG CITY — The provincial government of Ilocos Norte, in collaboration with various national government agencies and the extension directorate of the state-run Mariano Marcos State University, continues to empower farmers and teach them practical ways to sustain crop productivity in climate vulnerable areas. Following a recent farmers training in Batac City attended by some 40 … Read More

Gov’t reviews Israel’s solar powered irrigation offer

MANILA — An inter-agency group has started a study and review of the proposal of an Israeli-government backed corporation to build 6,200 units of solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) in the country, which would be funded by a PHP44-billion loan payable in 10 years. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol said that representatives of the National Economic Development … Read More