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In an effort to encourage every Filipino to take part in the Food Sufficiency target of the government, both legislative houses are introducing a legislation to promote urban farming in the metropolis.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) distributed various fishing paraphernalia worth over P4.24 million to the fisherfolk of Zambales during Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala’s visit on February 21, 2014.
The Department of Agriculture is looking at the development of Vuhos island – one the ten islands and islets that make up Batanes – as a possible source of the country’s first ever-organic beef tapa export. Secretary Alcala made the declaration last week as he visited Batanes to check on the Department’s ongoing projects and meet with local officials to firm up strategies aimed at enhancing the food security of the islands, whose distance from mainland Luzon make it prone to isolation during bad weather conditions.
The Department of Agriculture welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court that prevented a Davao City regional trial court from releasing some 91,800 bags of rice seized by Bureau of Customs at the Port of Davao late last year due to lack of import permits.
The current effort of the national government to achieve food security, through innovative solutions or new strategies, is proving that we could enhance our overall capacity to produce our food commodities. For our need to be sufficient in staple food, we are promoting the production and consumption of alternative local staple food such as corn, cardaba, cassava, and sweet potato. This is to lessen our demand for rice, a step that would further raise agricultural productivity as the number of crops receiving support from the Department of Agriculture increases. And for that, the country is nearing the threshold of achieving rice sufficiency and even exportation as envisioned by DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala urged animal industry stakeholders to maintain the country’s bird flu free status as poultry remain to be a reliable contributor to the total growth of the Philippine agriculture.
The Department of Agriculture, through the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), urged Filipino coconut farmers to join the government in resolving and recommending steps for the utilization of the coconut levy fund, during the 2nd National Coconut Farmers’ Conference held in Quezon City on January 29, 2014.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now on the move to help Filipino who are affected by the earthquake and typhoons which recently struck the country.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala inaugurated the P34-million communal irrigation system in Barangay Talisay, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato which aims to provide constant water supply to more than 100 farmers living in the upland village of the town.
Agriculture officials believe the recent frost incidence in one of the country’s major vegetable bowls has negligible impact on the supply in Metro Manila since it only affected a small portion of Benguet’s vast production area. Yet, they are not taking chances and are out to boost the resilience of farmers against what they call a “natural occurrence.”