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‘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 »

Organic Market Day

It’s organic Market Day every Friday in Davao city under a new ordinance approved by the city council to show its strong support for chemical-free farming and farm products.

Posted: March 25th, 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 »

Aquino to ‘Pablo’ survivors: Use spirit of Edsa to rise from calamity

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President Benigno S. Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A day before the 28th Edsa People Power Anniversary, President Benigno Aquino arrived to this typhoon-devastated town, calling on a crowd of a thousand to use the spirit of Edsa to recover from the calamity.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Ex-lawmaker Lazatin is alive and farming

Former representative Carmelo Lazatin Jr. http://www.congress.gov.ph

Former Pampanga Rep. Carmelo Lazatin, who was implicated in the controversial pork barrel scam, has dispelled rumors that he is dead, saying he is alive and well and has stayed out of politics to become a farmer.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Public land in Compostela Valley reserved for growing of firewood, crops

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Fifty hectares of public land in Compostela Valley will be developed for the propagation of fuel wood as well as commercial crops to provide livelihood to farmers and curb the wanton cutting of trees for fuel by agrarian communities, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

DAR launches Umiray Bridge linking farmers from Aurora, Quezon

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. Photo from www.dar.gov.ph/

More than 30,000 people living in isolated farming communities in Aurora and Quezon are expected to benefit from the newly constructed Umiray Bridge connecting the two provinces, according to agrarian reform officials.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Filipino farmers need to be techno-savvy

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MAURICIO Sandico believes that a scientific approach to organic farming would boost farmers’ harvests and income. EV ESPIRITU

Filipino farmers, by and large, are hardworking and industrious. But in this globalization age when they have to compete with their counterparts in China and other countries, these traits are not enough.   Simply relying on conventional old practices, such as farming methods promoted by big agrochemical companies for decades, is not the way for [...]

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

Black bugs continue to wreak havoc in Pangasinan

Black bugs continue to attack rice fields in eastern towns of Pangasinan despite efforts by agriculture technicians and farmers to contain them.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

P2.8B for coconut industry released

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RESIDENTS of the village of Sagkahan in Tacloban City view the destruction left by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on their community. FILE PHOTO

Relief is on its way to coconut farmers in the provinces in central Philippines hit last November by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” the top official of the coconut industry’s administrative body said on Saturday.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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