News Monitor April 10, 2012

Created on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 Published Date


April 10, 2012

Submitted by: Arlhene Carro/Adora D. Rodriguez






People’s Journal



Photo Release:  Irrigation Admin. Antonio Nangel and DA Sec. Alcala inspect a project area in a bid to intensify the irrigation system and make the country ‘rice sufficient’ next year.  With the progressive irrigation system, Nangel said the farmers can harvest palay at least two to three times a year. 

The Daily Tribune



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Pilipino Star Ngayon



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Manila Standard-Today


Othel Campos

Aetas get P60m for irrigation

The DA has allotted P60M for irrigation to encourage an Aeta community in Bgy. Villar in Botolan, Zambales to resume planting after they were displaced when Pinatubo erupted 20 years ago.  The system, which includes a ram pump that runs on water flow alone, along with hose and pipe attachments and water reservoir, is designed to cover some 800 hectares and benefitting more than 890 Aeta families

The Philippine Star


Louella Desiderio

Phl gets more time to negotiate for rice QR extension

The June 30 expiration of the Philippines’ Quantitative Restriction (QR) on rice has been temporarily waived giving the government more time to conduct negotiations with other countries for its request to extend the special treatment on rice, NFA Admin. Banayo said. 



Jun Fabon

Region 12: Makinang pansaka, ipinamahagi

Namahagi ang DA ng 177 makinang gamit sa pagsasaka sa 131 miyembro ng Farmers at Irrigators Associations (FIA) sa Region 12.  Ayon kay DA Sec. Alcala, ang farm machinery at equipment na naipagkaloob sa mga magsasaka ay gagamitin para mapasigla ang produksiyon at kita sa pagsasaka. 

Business Mirror


Jennifer Ng

PHL has good stock of dressed chicken, frozen meat – NMIS

For the week ending on April 2, NMIS figures showed the inventory of dressed chicken in accredited cold storages reached 8,615.2MT, almost 65% higher than the year-ago figure. 

Manila Bulletin


Roy Mabasa

Food security

During a recent meeting with Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia, Jr. and Philippine Agriculture Attache to the US Dr. Josyline Javelosa, officials from GrainPro, Inc. discussed collaboration opportunities to promote global food security through post-harvest improvements, especially in less developed countries. 

Manila Standard-Today


Eric Apolonio

US food technology firm calls on PH embassy execs

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Business World


B.F.V. Roc

Good weather, implements, seen to boost corn output

Corn output for the first quarter is seen to have risen due to favorable weather and accessibility of farm implements, said Milo delos Reyes, head of the DA’s National Corn Program Secretariat. 

Manila Bulletin


Marvyn Benaning

Biotechnology seen to boost agri-fishery

The Nabcor has been tasked to promote biotechnology to modernize both the fishery and agricultural sectors.  The Nabcor program calls for closer ties with the Biotechnology Program Office (BPO), the gatekeeper of biotechnology activities of the DA.

People’s Tonight


Paul Gutierrez

Zubiri:Name NFA accredited traders

The NFA is authorizing 19 traders to import a combined 190,000MTs of rice at 10,000MT per trader. They will be selected from more than 100 prior bidders.

People’s Journal



SL Agritech pushes hybrid rice tech

SL Agritech Corp. has been sponsoring hybrid rice harvest festivals all over the country to promote the benefit of hybrid rice technology to boost farm productivity.

Philippine Star


Helen Flores

House probe into coco farm infestation pushed

AGHAM Party list filed House Resolution 2112 calling on the House Committee on agriculture and food to conduct inquiry and come up with measures to address the problem related to insect infestation of coconut trees in Southern Luzon which could affect the P1.6B coconut industry in the country.

Manila Bulletin


Charissa Luci

Certify Coco Bill, president asked

Pres. Aquino has been challenged to certify as urgent the passage of a bill seeking to declare all of the coconut levy funds as public funds. HB 3443 seeks to promote the welfare of poor farmers and would break the control of the funds by San Miguel Corp. chairman Danding Cojuangco. 

Philippine Daily Inquirer


Kristine Alave

Fears aired coco fund would go to Luisita


Manila Bulletin


Phoebe Jen Indino

DA-EU Program benefits 40,000 households

Enhancement of Food Security in the Visayas implemented by the Deutsche Gessellschaft fur Internationale Zummenarbeit was designed to sustainably increase food security and agricultural, fisheries and forestry productivity in the region.



Marvyn Benaning

Tobacco yield to remain flat

Nonetheless, NTA said production would reach nearly 80 million kilos for crop year 2011-2012.



Angela Celis

Subsidies to GOCCs drop by 77% in Feb

Agriculture and health-related agencies were the top recipients of government subsidies for the first two months of the year. NIA topped the list of subsidy recipients with P344M, followed by PCA with P197M.

People’s Journal


Willie Baun

Noynoying coco funds?

PCA Adminsitrator Euclides Forbes would even be less pro-active as the President is powerless to unilaterally free the funds from escrow.








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