DA Secretary OK’s MOU for Sugarcane Development Program
The Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso J. Alcala together with Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes and Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a convergence program focusing on the local sugarcane development program that aims to uplift the lives of farmers by increasing their income through block farming and additional support and guidance from the government.
WB conducts review on DA’s rural development projects
A team from the World Bank (WB) will visit several sub-projects implemented under the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) to assess the progress of the Project and address issues and concerns in implementation.
DA strengthens transparency through geotagging of projects
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will now use Applied Geotagging (AGT) in all projects to strengthen transparency and good governance, following the standards developed and utilized by the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP)—another DA-implemented foreign project.
Gov’t hikes budget for agri research
As the Department of Agriculture (DA) strives to promote science-based agricultural development, the agency has increased the budget of its Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) from P281 million in 2010 to P1.12 billion in 2015. The R&D budget for 2016 which is P1.33 billion, based on the National Expenditure Program.
Aggie Dep’t continues to push for mechanized farms
A total of P1.52 billion (B) in farm machineries and project grants were awarded to farmers/fishers-beneficiaries from the rural communities of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region, during a Mass Distribution of farm equipment and various agricultural assistance on July 30, 2015 at the regional center in Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.
DA, MinDA sign deal for 100,000 MT cacao
The Department of Agriculture and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), on July 31, 2015, in an effort to collaboratively enable Davao region, and the whole of Mindanao to rise up to the Cacao 2020 challenge.
NTA doubles scholarship slots for college students
The National Tobacco Administration has doubled the number of scholarships for deserving and qualified dependents of tobacco-growing farmers under its Tobacco-Free Education Program (TFEP).
Organic fertilizers increase farmers’ self reliance-DA
The Department of Agriculture today encouraged the continuous production and use of organic fertilizers as it makes farmers more self-reliant according to studies by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management.
Gov’t initiatives lessen number of starving and undernourished Pinoys
Less Filipinos are hungry now.
This is according to the 2015 State of Food Insecurity Report of the United Nations (UN) which states that the Philippines is among the 72 developing countries which have reached the 2015 Millenium Development Goal (MDG) target—that is to reduce the proportion of hungry people by half.
Quezon province signals commencement of PRDP-funded FMR proj
Veteran farmer Mang Toni of Guinayangan, Quezon is used to walking on the rough road of their barangay. Having lived in their province for a long time have never expected that their roads will ever be upgraded.