Region 12 got P321M worth of projects from DA in 2012

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Feb) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has delivered a total of P321.18-million worth of agricultural infrastructure projects and machineries to farmers in Region… »

NFA assures South Cotabato rice stocks enough for El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The National Food Authority (NFA) in South Cotabato assured local residents that it has enough rice stocks for the province in case the predicted… »

DA, LGUs in Region XI to procure 10 tractors to help mechanize agriculture

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Sept) – Local government units (LGU) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Davao region will procure 10 farm tractors this year as part of the… »

El Nino preparation: GenSan allots P1M for cloud seeding

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 September) – The city government has allocated an initial P1 million for the conduct of cloud-seeding operations and other interventions for the local farming sector when… »

‘Less yield but higher income from brown rice’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 September) – Growing brown or “unpolished” rice through organic methods gives less yield but the variety commands a higher price compared to white rice, a farmer in… »

NFA puts up mobile buying teams in 4 SouthCot towns

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/12 Sept) – The National Food Authority (NFA) in South Cotabato has created a procurement team to plan out the establishment of four buying stations in four strategic… »

Rice prices P3 higher than SRP in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/08 September) — Prices of rice in various public markets in South Cotabato are three pesos higher than the suggested retail price, alarming consumers and alarmed local officials… »

Vegetable areas shrinking with banana plantation expansion, mining

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 August) —  Unabated banana plantation expansion and discoveries of new mining areas have shrunk the areas planted to vegetable, threatening stability of supply in the domestic markets,… »

Fruit, flower and vegetable park to rise in SouthCot town

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/9 Aug) – Tourists visiting South Cotabato will soon experience the abundance of fruits, flowers and vegetables in just one stop as the municipal government of Tupi is… »

South Cotabato rubber production gets boost

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/25 June)—The World Bank-funded Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) has extended P10 million for a rubber production project in T’boli, South Cotabato, officials said. Benefiting around 90 farmers,… »

P24-M rice facility to rise in South Cotabato

STO NIñO, SOUTH COTABATO (MindaNews/18 June)—A P24-million rice processing facility will rise here within the year to support the locality’s palay production, to address post-harvest problems like drying especially during… »

SouthCot releases P4-M to NFA to help stabilize corn price

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 June) —  The provincial government of South Cotabato has released some P4 million to the National Food Authority (NFA) to augment its procurement budget for the… »

Conflict over water in 2020: mining or agriculture?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 June) –  Water will be a source of conflict and could possibly be a reason for war in 2020 if  the river basins of Mindanao are not… »

Weevil infests coco farms in Southwestern Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/08 April) — Another coconut pest with a far more devastating effect has infested farms in parts of Southwestern Mindanao, agriculture officials said. Elvira B.C. Silva, Philippine Coconut… »

Davao-based agri firm gets GGAP recertification

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – For the fourth consecutive year, Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation (Davco) has been certified as compliant with the high standards of the Global Good Agricultural Practices… »

Seed subsidy to help farmers in SouthCot during irrigation rehab

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to launch a seed subsidy scheme for palay farmers who would be affected by the upcoming… »

SouthCot luring more agri investors with crop suitability map

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – Agriculture personnel in South Cotabato are hoping to lure more major investments in the province’s agriculture sector in the coming months with the recent… »

Coconut leaf beetle infestation rising in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 March) – Coconut leaf beetles are threatening coconut farms in Southwestern Mindanao, which have already infested at least 12 towns spread in the region’s four provinces, officials… »

Davao upland farmers to grow high-value crops

MARILOG DISTRICT, Davao City (MindaNews/24 February) – Farmers in this mountainous district are now eying high-value crops as alternate sources of income with assistance from the city government in exploring… »

2011 palay production in R-12 improves

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – Palay and corn production in Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region posted significant improvements last year as it firmed up its position as among… »

Agri research center in Cotabato getting an upgrade

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 January)—Facilities of an agricultural research center are getting an upgrade to further boost the farmers’ productivity in North Cotabato, officials said over the weekend. Amalia Datukan, Department… »

Banana disease in Bukidnon under control; not enough reason to lay off workers

MALAYBALAY CITY  (MindaNews/19 January) — “This is not enough reason for them to opt to lay off workers or shut down,” the provincial agriculturist said as he reported that only… »

Q3 palay production in Zambo Peninsula up 32.6 percent

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 December) – The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said Zamboanga Peninsula’s palay production during the third quarter of this year was higher by 32.6 percent or an… »

Sultan Kudarat dangles thousands of hectares for coffee expansion

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/8 Nov) – At least 13,401 hectares of land are suitable for coffee production expansion in Sultan Kudarat province, officials said, urging farmers to plant the crop to… »

DA pushing for RoRo expansion in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 Nov) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is working for the expansion of the Roll On, Roll Off (RoRo) transport system in the coastal municipality of… »

Agri technicians in Davao just a text away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 October) – Life may have become easier for farmers here since they no longer need to run to the City Agriculture Office in the heart of the… »

DA to boost cassava production in 3 ARMM provinces

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 October) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will distribute 46 units of cassava grater and presser to the three island provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim… »

Davao taps small farmers in bid to become PH’s top cacao producer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) – The City Agriculture Office is tapping small farmers rather than large-scale plantations in the city’s bid to become the country’s top cacao producer. Leonardo Avila… »

DA pushes Ceylon Tea production in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has established two nurseries in Barangay La Paz, an upland farming village here, and is in the propagation stage of… »

Davao aims to be top cacao producer in PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) — The city aims to become the country’s top producer of cacao, said City Agriculture Officer Leo Avila. Avila said this can be realized if an… »

Moro group embarks on coffee venture, eyes 3,000 hectares of Arabica farms

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/6 Apr) – A private Moro group is eyeing to plant Arabica variety coffee in at least 3,000 hectares in the next three years in a bid to… »

Check NorthCot Environment Code first before allowing Bt Talong field testing

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/05 February) – An environmentalist-lawyer has urged legislators in North Cotabato to  look into the province’s Environment Code before they allow the field testing of a genetically-modified eggplant… »

Banana exporter plans to expand in Maguindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Jan) – A banana exporting company is investing P300 million for its expansion in Maguindanao, hoping that peace and order in the province will be sustained. Edgar… »

Malaybalay Diocese promotes organic farming

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 January) — The Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Malaybalay is working with close to 800 Bukidnon farmers in its organic farming project, SAC Malaybalay… »

Co-ops to address growth disparities in agriculture

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 January) — In typhoon-wracked 2009, Northern Mindanao registered the highest growth rate in agriculture with 4.6 percent compared to the 0.37-percent national average. Roel R.… »

Loans to 3 firms seen to boost food security in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) — Three Mindanao companies have accessed the P50- billion integrated financing program of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for their food and agri-processing projects… »

Sen. Pangilinan wants new envoy to Iran to talk about banana embargo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/3 Dec) – Senator Francis Pangilinan said he will recommend to President Aquino the immediate appointment of a Philippine Ambassador to Iran to represent the country in the… »

Guingona seeks probe of effects of US sanctions vs. Iran on RP banana industry

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Nov) – Senator Teofisto Guingona III has filed a resolution asking the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food to examine the impact of the United States economic… »

Bukidnon's veggie farmers want government package to sustain them

KEBINTON, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon  (MindaNews/10 November) — Vegetable farmers are going to need not just financing assistance to sustain them in the next 10 years but a complete package from the… »

Gov't may lift ban on pork exports from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) — Government is eyeing the possibility of lifting its self-imposed ban on pork exports, which was triggered by the discovery of an ebola case in Luzon.… »

Palay prices in R-12 steady as NFA increases procurement

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 November) – Palay buying prices in South Cotabato province and other areas of Region 12 or Southwestern Mindnao have stabilized during the past several weeks as… »

Forum on Bt eggplant slated in Malaybalay City

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 November) – Moves to propagate the controversial Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant in the country will come under close scrutiny in a forum scheduled on Nov. 5 at… »

No results yet on probe of P30M NIA fertilizer project

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 Oct) – Close to four months after the Department of Agriculture started investigating the controversial P30-million National Irrigation Administration’s Bio-Organic Fertilizer Subsidy Project in Northern… »

T'boli abaca farmers get aid, expect higher income

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 October)—Members of the T’boli tribe in Kiamba, Sarangani are expecting to earn more from producing abaca (Textilis musa) now that they have received assistance from a… »

Head of the Bt eggplant field tests decline to reveal time and date of tests

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Oct) — The head of the field testing of the genetically-modified Bt eggplant at the University of the Philippines in Mindanao said he feared that people might… »

BFAR proposes 3 measures to make RP's halal industry competitive

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 October) — Making the country’s halal products competitive in the multi-billion dollar global industry requires at least three measures, an official of the Bureau of Fisheries… »

Alleged NPA rebels attack banana plantation in Magpet

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/19 October) — An attack allegedly staged by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels today against a Japanese-owned banana plantation in North Cotabato damaged an estimated P8 million worth… »

BFAR to study declining tuna resources

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 Oct) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will be conducting a biological assessment study to check on the declining tuna resources and how… »

Iran's ban on RP bananas creates supply glut, causing prices to dive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 Oct) — Even this early, Iran’s ban on Philippine bananas is already creating a supply glut, causing market prices to dive, said an official of a farmer’s… »

LBP Region 12 opens new loan facility for palay farmers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Palay farmers in South Cotabato and other rice-producing areas in the region may now avail of loans through a new credit facility opened by… »

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