Piñol sets new measures for NFA, PCA, fertilizer agency

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol welcomes the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to return the supervision of the National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) to the Department of Agriculture (DA). “We will … Continue reading Piñol sets new measures for NFA, PCA, fertilizer agency

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DURIAN BEAT: DUTERTE AND KILLING THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Roger Balanza Never mind that the mining industry is raising the specter of lost investments and revenues and massive unemployment if the government continues to look at the sector as something that the country can do without. President Rodrigo … Continue reading DURIAN BEAT: DUTERTE AND KILLING THE MINING INDUSTRY

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How ready is Mindanao for climate change? – Durian Post No. 149

BY HENRYLITO TACIO Every year, an average of 20 out of 36 tropical cyclones that develop over the Northwest Pacific basin cross the Philippines area of responsibility. “There is no month in the country which is free from typhoons,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In a symposium on Status of Research and Development Program and Mitigation Strategies for Typhoon- and Flood-Prone Areas held at Los Baños, Laguna some few years back, experts have observed that typhoon development in the country has been erratic in recent years and almost unpredictable with strongly varying movement and structure. … Continue reading How ready is Mindanao for climate change? – Durian Post No. 149

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte worried by loss of city agrilands

BY ROGER M. BALANZA Sara Duterte has urged the City Agriculture Office to coordinate with the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Agriculture to link arms in addressing farmers’ woes in wake of developmental aggression and massive conversion of farmlands. To protect     the city’s diminishing agrcultural lands, the Davao City Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee has called on local officials against indiscrimate conversion of agricultural lands. Nick Galope, chair of the agrarian committee in a recent public forum, said the conversion of agri-lands could place at risk the city’s food security. Galope said the conversion also would … Continue reading Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte worried by loss of city agrilands

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Mindanao aggie budget up by 40% next year

    As part of national food security program of the government, the Department of Agriclture (DA) said Mindanao will get  40% share of DA’s total budget in  2012 to boost food production, said DA assistant secretary Salvador Salacup. Salacup announced the good news for Mindanaoans during a speech he delivered for Secretary Proceso Alcala at the opening of the 13th Davao Trade Expo at NCCC Mall in Davao City recently. Salacup said the bulk of the bigger  budget would fund irrigation systems, farm-to-market projects and other projects desiged to boost food production in the island. Mindanao has always been considered … Continue reading Mindanao aggie budget up by 40% next year

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Mindanao aggie budget up by 40% next year

     As part of national food security program of the government, the Department of Agriclture (DA) said Mindanao will get  40% share of DA’s total budget in  2012 to boost food production, said DA assistant secretary Salvador Salacup. Salacup announced the good news for Mindanaoans during a speech he delivered for Secretary Proceso Alcala at the opening of the 13th Davao Trade Expo at NCCC Mall in Davao City recently. Salacup said the bulk of the bigger  budget would fund irrigation systems, farm-to-market projects and other projects desiged to boost food production in the island. Mindanao has always been … Continue reading Mindanao aggie budget up by 40% next year

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THE DEADLY BREW – The Durian Post column

THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M. BALANZA                 The recent rat attack on farmlands in Paquibato and the assault on coconut trees by worms in Marilog sent us back to the time when aerial spraying in banana plantations was a hotly-contested issue in the city.                 The rat attack that ravaged corn and rice fields and fruit crops in Marilog brought out actions and suggestions, some sane, some coming out of wards in that old building along J. P. Laurel Avenue that we said should be a proper headquarter for lawyer Elly Pamatong’s Republic of Mindanesia.                 Among the sane response was … Continue reading THE DEADLY BREW – The Durian Post column

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Rat attacks also brought bonanza to Davao City farmers

          They may have ravaged crops, but the rat attacks in Paquibato and other hinterland districts of Davao City have an upside: they will bring food to the table.                 The “Work for Food” program for farmers who lost their crops to the rodents involves catching the rats. Every 300 rat tails brought in to the program means a sack of rice free.                 THE social services office of the Davao City government will adopt the program to help farmers whose crops were affected by rat infestation since last week, according to City Social Services Development Office chief Malou Bermudo. … Continue reading Rat attacks also brought bonanza to Davao City farmers

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Bt Talong gets another beating

            KIDAPAWAN CITY – The controversial Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant aka Bt Talong took another beating in this city, after the local government in Davao City ordered them uprooted from a test farm in the University of Philippines in Mindanao (UPMin) campus.             Members of the Citizens Food Watch, an alliance of environmental groups in North Cotabato, walked out of the training center inside a state-run university in Kabacan town after learning that the supposed public consultation about Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant on Thursday morning last week was only a seminar.             In Davao City last month, Mayor Sara Duterte … Continue reading Bt Talong gets another beating

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