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China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

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Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a years-long study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Sakurab’ wafts way to empowerment

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Potra Hadji Karim beams with pride at her “sakurab” harvest. KARLOS MANLUPIG

A meal in a Maranao household in Lanao del Sur province is not really complete without the tasty and spicy “palapa,” an appetizer that according to tradition, should be prepared with love using “sakurab,” or white scallions, ginger and chili.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Pangasinan farmers pin hopes on tobacco

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If they had a choice, farmers Alejandra Lavarias and her husband, Nicanor, would not have planted tobacco almost 50 years ago.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pangasinan town brings corn back on streets

RESIDENTS grill some 10,000 corn cobs in Sto. Tomas town, Pangasinan province, on Monday to mark the town’s 106th year founding anniversary. The town set the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest barbecue in 2008. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

Residents of this agricultural town on Monday grilled thousands of corn cobs on a highway to mark its 106th founding anniversary.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ecija palay prices go up

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Farmers in Nueva Ecija province have been enjoying record-high farm gate prices of rice, but rice millers and traders said this good fortune may later affect consumer prices.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

After ‘Yolanda,’ PH expands crop insurance

A typhoon survivor stands on rubbish in Tacloban, central Philippines on  Dec. 8, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The aftermath of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in the Philippines has added urgency to finding a solution to a longstanding problem: less than 10 percent of farmers have crop insurance, and while its advantages are widely understood, few can afford it.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC orders on rice cargoes ‘victory for farmers’

The agriculture industry group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) lauded the decision of the Supreme Court to stop the release of close to 190,000 bags of rice that are being held at the Manila port for lack of import permits.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Farmers cry foul over use of agri sector in pork scam

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FARMERS in San Manuel town in Pangasinan province continue to plant palay even as erratic weather has disrupted the rice cycle and triggered floods that occasionally destroy their crops and farmlands.  WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

An association of farmers has cried foul over what it described as a “shameless act of using the sector as direct beneficiaries of the anomalous” Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Dry spell stalking Maguindanao, Albay farms

Farmers in Maguindanao province have been suffering from the brunt of a dry spell and complained that their farmlands were getting drier every day.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

FAO aid brings hope to farmers in Samar town

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Eighty-one-year-old Mardoquio Guti-ay could not contain his happiness after receiving a sack of certified seeds and another sack of fertilizer from Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday afternoon.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Farmers abandoning Bondoc Peninsula, says group

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Farmers who have given up hope on agrarian reform and face persistent threats for fighting for land are abandoning farms in one of the country’s agrarian reform hot spots, Bondoc Peninsula, according to a a group of farmers demanding genuine agrarian reform.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Overharvesting perils seaweeds

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SEAWEED gathering has become an alternative livelihood for fishermen, like Cristobal Ibasan, in San Fabian town in Pangasinan province. Ibasan dries seaweeds on the concrete shoulder of the highway in San Fabian. RAY ZAMBRANO

Passing through the highway traversing Alacan village in San Fabian town in Pangasinan province, one cannot ignore the peculiar smell of seaweeds being dried by fishermen by the roadside.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

P200,000 bounty offered for woman ‘rice smuggler’

Senator Cynthia Villar leads the launching of the “Piso-piso ng mamamayan kontra smuggling” campaign in January.  PHOTO BY MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

After launching last January a campaign dubbed “Piso-piso ng mamamayan kontra smuggling (A peso from the people against smuggling),” a group of agricultural organizations on Monday announced a P200,000 bounty for information on the whereabouts of a woman implicated as a conduit of rice smugglers.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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