SwarmFarm Robotics Raises $12M AUD Series A to Put Integrated Autonomy in the Hands of Growers

GINDIE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, Feb 15, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – SwarmFarm Robotics today announced it has raised a $12 million AUD Series A ($8.3 million USD) to develop and grow the Integrated Autonomy category in agriculture through the versatile SwarmBot platform and a breakthrough operating system network, SwarmConnect, that enables developers to create […]

Marcos backing for RCEP premature, think tank says

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s declaration of support for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is premature pending the resolution of the agriculture industry remaining unresolved, a think tank said. Policy research group Focus on the Global South said that the RCEP agreement is awaiting the Senate’s concurrence, where the trade deal is being studied […]

Landbank, Israel Embassy explore partnership to boost PH development

TO FURTHER strengthen bilateral relations between the Philippines and Israel, the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) and the Israel Embassy explored possible areas of collaboration to advance economic development in the country. Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss and Landbank president and chief executive officer Cecilia Borromeo in a meeting discussed Israel’s modern […]

LANDBANK in agri tech, dev’t financing tieup with Israel

THE Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) said it is collaborating with the government of Israel to share technology and best practices in agriculture and development financing. “LANDBANK continues to explore strategic partnerships to help advance national development. We look forward to collaborating …towards the adoption of innovative technology and approaches, especially in the agriculture […]

Business chambers see tourism, agriculture driving 2023 recovery

BUSINESS GROUPS said they expect tourism and agriculture to drive the economic recovery in 2023, with remittances providing a cushion against any possible external shocks. George T. Barcelon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, said his organization is “cautiously optimistic” of the country’s economic performance this year. “Our economy will sustain a healthy pace […]

Palace decision clearing sugar officials must be respected, Agri dep’t says

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said officials implicated in issuing the unauthorized order to import sugar last year have been cleared after an investigation, and called on the public to respect the Palace decision relieving them of liability. “The Executive Secretary has approved the decision and we have to respect that; the case went through […]

Palace touts over 1,000 kms of roads built, repaired since July

THE GOVERNMENT has constructed and rehabilitated more than 1,000 kilometers of roads from July to November this year, according to Malacañang, as the Marcos administration vowed to provide infrastructure for unhampered transport of goods in the countryside. In a statement, the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) said the Department of Public Works and Highways […]

PHL, France exploring further collaboration in agriculture

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said that the Philippines and France will explore possible areas of collaboration in agriculture. In a statement, the DA said that French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz expressed interest in farm mechanization, the development of the dairy industry, irrigation, and agricultural insurance as possible areas of cooperation. In 2017, […]

House minority seeks probe on US-funded biolabs 

THE HOUSE minority bloc has called for an investigation on United States-funded biolaboratories of the agricultural department to ensure that these are not being used to advance geopolitical objectives.   Three lawmakers filed on Tuesday House Joint Resolution No. 16, calling for an investigation on foreign-funded biolaboratories of the Department of Agriculture (DA), including an animal-disease […]

BSP backs warehouse receipts financing

THE PHILIPPINE central bank has pushed for amendments to the Warehouse Receipts Law of 1912, in which warehouse receipts financing would help provide loans for Filipino farmers and agriculture-based micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “Now, more than ever, we need to take a whole-of-society approach toward putting in place necessary and responsive elements that […]

Marcos says just finishing his ‘checklist’ before appointing an agri chief 

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday said he is just finishing a “checklist” of things he wants to do in the agriculture department before appointing his replacement who will be able to function as a full-time secretary.   “I have a timetable for that and certain things I want to achieve before leaving the department, […]

Former agri chief Piñol to advise Marcos on food security 

Former agriculture secretary Emmanuel “Manny” F. Piñol with National Security Adviser Clarita A. Carlos. — MANNYPIÑOL FACEBOOK PAGE FORMER agriculture secretary Emmanuel “Manny” F. Piñol on Thursday announced that he will be advising the national government on food security.   The position was offered by National Security Adviser Clarita A. Carlos, Mr. Piñol said in a […]

Former Agri chief returns to department as undersecretary 

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Monday named a new Agriculture undersecretary, who previously headed the department, days after a controversy on sugar importation broke out.   In a Facebook post, Mr. Marcos said he appointed Domingo F. Panganiban as Agriculture undersecretary.  Mr. Panganiban served as agriculture secretary in 2001 under the administration of Joseph E. […]

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries to Improve Food Security for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PLS Plantations Berhad, a leading agrofood company in Malaysia, to conduct an in-depth study and put forward a proposal for the national food security programme. YBhg Dato’ Haslina Binti […]

Filipino-owned ADAMCO raises P1B via note issuance of Development Bank of the Philippines and Security Bank

Leading agricultural machines and equipment dealer Ada Manufacturing Corp. (ADAMCO) has successfully raised P1 billion via the issuance of notes supported by state-run Development Bank of the Philippines and Security Bank Corp. The proceeds of the fund raising activity via the issuance of five-year corporate notes arranged by GIV Capital Holdings Corp. will be used […]