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A NEW World Bank (WB) study emphasizes the benefits for agricultural countries like the Philippines of addressing agricultural pollution, noting how reforms and incentives can support the industry’s competitiveness, development, and sustainability.
With the government’s inevitable shift to a rice tariff regime and the perceived failure of the National Food Authority (NFA) to fulfill its mandate, now comes the debate on whether or not the agency should finally be reformed.
Vegetable productivity in most parts of the southern Philippines is hampered by low nutrient availability in the soil. Overapplication of mineral fertilizers and unbalanced nutrients are also major concerns in vegetable production. These fertilizer-use practices take a large share of the total cost of production inputs. A project has been addressing these concerns through research activities that have been ongoing since 2014.
MANILA, Philippines — Even as the Philippines continues to lag behind its neighbors in the agriculture sector, it is now moving to modernize the industry to keep up with the increasing population and effects of climate change. But unfortunately, its full potential may not be felt any time soon, according to experts.
In a ceremonial handover yesterday in the Taguig warehouse of the World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD) OIC-Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco symbolically received donated rice from the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the WFP. The ceremony was led by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim; also present were Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, Spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi; and Mr. Stephen Gluning, Country Director of the World Food Programme.
A REPORT released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has revealed that unabated illegal and unregulated fishing continues to pose a threat to food security in the Philippines
Seven years ago, Sen. Francis N. Pangilinan expressed alarm over the apparent disinterest of young Filipinos to go into farming. Pangilinan, who previously headed the Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture, said the average age of Filipino farmers is 57 years old and that a new generation of farmers is needed to ensure the country’s food security. He noted that the young were not excited about farming because it was not a viable source of income.
THE Philippines is a country most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. With rising temperatures and sea levels, increased intensity and frequency of environmental hazards like drought, typhoon and flooding, climate-smart measures deserve our attention. Extreme weather events that adversely affect the living conditions and threaten the food security of our people, with longer periods of drought reducing farm yields and causing shortage in water supply, which is vital for domestic use, farming and irrigation, are now felt and seen like never before. Although we can agree that it is a global phenomenon, we need not wait for international aid or support to cushion its impacts, because truly, this matter requires first and foremost localized solutions.
More workers are leaving the farm sector based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), as the sector’s share in total employment fell to just 25.43 percent in 2017, from 46.03 percent in 1993. But Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol is not worried, saying this could indicate that agriculture in the Philippines is modernizing.