BFAR distributes 24M milkfish fry in Bulacan

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources–Central Luzon distributed on Tuesday some 24 million bangus (milkfish) fry to fisheries associations/cooperatives and nursery operators in Bulacan. BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz said the move aims to provide immediate support to small-scale fishers and fish producers in Paombong, Bulakan and Meycauayan City. … Read More

Taal Volcano ashfall seen to replenish soil nutrients

MANILA — Despite the PHP577.59-million worth of agricultural damage caused by Taal Volcano eruption in Calabarzon, the ashfall spewed by the restive volcano still has a benefit because it replenishes the nutrients of the soil, improving its fertility in the long run, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday. In a press briefing in Malacañang, … Read More

DA to provide loans for farmers affected by Taal eruption

MANILA — The Department of Agriculture, particularly the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 4-A field offices, is closely monitoring the situation in Batangas following the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano on Sunday. “We have instructed both DA RFO 4A Director Arnel de Mesa and BFAR 4A Director Sammy Malvas to provide immediate updates on … Read More

Farmers, execs in Nueva Ecija buck import of onion

BONGABON, Nueva Ecija — Farmers and local officials here have called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to reconsider its decision to allow the importation of onions by mid-February. Mayor Allan Gamilla acknowledged that the government must stabilize the prices of goods and make a good balance between farmers and consumers. However, Gamilla appealed that all … Read More

Livestock-raising to boost Ilocos farmers’ livelihood

LAOAG CITY — About 12,000 heads of cattle, pig, goat, sheep, ducks and free-range chicken, among others, are set for distribution next week to selected farmer-beneficiaries in the province heavily devastated by previous typhoons. Under the livestock program of the Department of Agriculture in Region 1 (Ilocos), the ongoing distribution hopes to speed up the delivery … Read More

Pangasinan town promotes community gardening

BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan — Some 50,000 vegetable seeds and seedlings are being distributed by the municipal government to the residents of 77 barangays here to set in motion their community gardening project. Municipal agriculturist Artemio Buezon, in an interview Friday, said the local government, with the initiative of Mayor Cezar Quiambao, has been urging residents to make … 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

PH to lobby easing of Japanese ‘protocol’ on banana

MANILA — Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Saturday said he will lead efforts to call on the Japanese government to lift stricter tests for chemical residue and ensure faster access of Philippine banana exports to Japan. Piñol said he will personally handle the request of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association Inc. (PBGEA) to convince … Read More