World Bank recommends farm consolidation to achieve scale

FARM consolidation in order to achieve efficiencies through scale is required to transform agriculture in the Philippines, where farmers tending small plots have become the norm, the World Bank said. “To succeed, efforts at clustering and consolidation need to be voluntary, built on trust and confidence, and collaborative relationships among stakeholders whether they are farmers, […]

Mango farmers seen needing tech infusion to better meet export demand

The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) said mango farmers need to upgrade their planting and cultivation know-how if they are to meet the export market’s requirements for supply and quality. At a virtual conference Thursday conducted by the DoST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), participants said mango […]

Israel says ready to aid PHL in energy, software, agriculture

ISRAEL is ready to participate in the Philippines’ efforts to upgrade its technology, particularly in the energy sector, software, and agriculture, its ambassador said. “My vision is to see Israel and the Philippines partnering in innovation… and working together to introduce… relevant technologies which can benefit the development process here in the Philippines,” Israeli Ambassador […]

Agricultural output expected to come in flat in third quarter

By Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, Reporter THIRD-QUARTER GROWTH in agriculture output is expected to be flat after typhoons disrupted production, analysts said. Pampanga State Agricultural University Professor Roy S. Kempis said in a phone message that he projects growth to be negative to flat, weighted on the contraction side. “I believe that growth figures will […]

FDI-friendly policy review underway for agriculture

A REVIEW of policy is ongoing to make agriculture more attractive to foreign direct investment (FDI), with a view to supporting the sector’s modernization, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.  Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said during a virtual 9th Session of the Economic Fora organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government […]

Reduced agriculture budget allocations questioned in House committee

A MEMBER of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food has queried the Agriculture department over its reduced budget allocations for farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and other programs. Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita B. Suansing at the committee hearing Tuesday noted a “disconnect” in the Department of Agriculture’s priorities, citing the reduced 2022 budgets for FMRs. “The […]

Exporters call for global product compliance standards

Exporters are urging the government to implement global product quality compliance standards to improve international trade.  Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. in a statement Friday said the use of global supply chain standards would promote product safety and improve business transition to digital systems.  Philexport President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr. during his opening remarks at the GS1 Philippines […]

Meat inspection facility expected to be completed at MICT by December

A FACILITY to inspect imported meat, which farmers have called critical for preventing the further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), is expected to be completed by December at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), an agriculture department official said. At a virtual briefing Thursday, Department of Agriculture National Livestock Program Director Ruth S. Miclat-Sonaco […]

Agri sector to grow 3% in 2021

ECONOMIST Bernardo Villegas sees agriculture as the top sunrise industry in this pandemic-stricken economy. “If there’s an area that we should spend time on, it is the agriculture sector. We must support and invest in all levels of agriculture,” said Villegas in an online forum. He predicted that the sector would grow three percent this […]