Maguindanao villagers benefit from rice variety that can withstand drought, flood

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 February) – A drought- and flood-resistant rice variety developed by three agricultural institutions has helped farmers in a village here cope with the effects of… »

Davao City to allot P60M for El Nino

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January) — The city government will allocate P60 million for the procurement of new equipment and repair of agricultural infrastructures in a bid to cushion the impact… »

GenSan eyes cloud-seeding as El Nino worsens

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — The city government is preparing various interventions, including the conduct of cloud-seeding operations, in a bid to offset the worsening effects of the ongoing… »

NorMin’s rice output down by 11% due to El Nino

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 November) — Rice production in Northern Mindanao dropped by 11 percent in the 3rd quarter of this year compared to the same period last year due… »

Environmental groups urge plantations to follow sustainable agri practices

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – Environmental advocates urged pineapple and banana plantations in Southern Mindanao to heed the proper agricultural practices to prevent further damage in the rivers… »

Mindanao a potential investment destination, says BIMP-EAGA official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 October) — Mindanao has a potential of becoming an investment destination, a top official of the Brunei, Darussalam-Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Trade and… »

Groups conduct study on cacao farming to improve production

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September) — Champions of the cacao industry in Mindanao have started a four-year comprehensive research on cacao nutrition in a bid to improve the quality and production.… »

North Cotabato wants cloud seeding done ahead of El Nino

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/02 September) – The North Cotabato provincial government has recommended the conduct of cloud seeding operations ahead of the El Nino phenomenon or dry spell which is expected… »

Panabo farmers ask NIA, local government to repair irrigation system

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Farmers appealed to the city government of Panabo, Davao del Norte and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to repair the damaged irrigation system that supplies water… »

Davao City eyes Israeli greenhouse technology to spur food production

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 August) — The city government is planning to introduce a greenhouse model using Israeli technology to increase food production. Speaking in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM… »

Guest Speaker

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shares his vision on Philippine agriculture during the 64th foundation anniversary of M’lang town in North Cotabato Monday (3 August 2015). Duterte proposes that irrigation… »

P1.4-B farm, fishery equipment turned over in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed here on Thursday around P1.4 billion worth of farm and fishery equipment as well as financial grants for various… »

Farmers catch the planting season with FAO assistance  

Maguindanao, 29 July 2015 (FAO) – Agriculture-dependent families in Maguindanao are still reeling from the residual impact of conflict, drought and flooding that affected the province in succession during the first… »

Malaysian, MisOr firms sign deal on 1M oil palm seeds for farmers

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/12 May) — A leading Malaysian agribusiness firm entered into an agreement with a Misamis Oriental-based agricultural company on Monday to distribute one million of high quality… »

Dry spell destroys P91.9-M agri products in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 March) – The dry spell has taken its toll on the agriculture sector in the city, destroying some P91.9M worth of farm products as of Wednesday, March… »

Fresh Veggies

Sacks of newly harvested carrots are unloaded at the public market in Malaybalay City on Friday (March 20, 2015). The carrots came from Barangay Imbayao, a vegetable producing area in… »

Lack of business sense, other problems bug PH coffee industry

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – Lack of good business sense, among other problems, has bugged the growth of the country’s coffee industry, a former agriculture official… »

PH to assign sci-tech attache to Israel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 March) – The Philippines will be assigning a science and technology attache to Tel Aviv, Israel, parallel with the Mediterranean country’s project of accepting students… »

Processing unit for PDRP projects under study

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — In a bid to fast track the implementation of projects under its flagship Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), the Department of Agriculture (DA) is… »

DA allots P792M for agri-related infra in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 December) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is investing around P792 million for the development and upgrading of more farm-to-market roads and various vital agricultural support… »

Lawmaker urges SUCs to mainstream agri courses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — State universities and colleges must mainstream agricultural courses again, the chair of the House committee on higher education said Tuesday. Rep. Roman Romulo issued the… »

Farm equipment, funds worth P204M released to Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 October) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) delivered on Wednesday around P204 million worth of farm machineries and funding for various support projects to farmers groups… »

P116M in crop insurance grants released in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) has released a total of P115.887 million in crop insurance grants in the first three quarters of the year… »

Fresh Harvest

A farmer in the mountains of Barangay Tipanoy in Iligan City washes his newly harvested cucumber Sunday morning (22 June 2014) before bringing these to the market downtown. MindaNews photo… »

PAGASA: Despite rains El Nino still possible in June

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – The rains have come but the city might still experience the onset of the El Nino phenomenon or dry spell this month, the Philippine Atmospheric,… »

Bukidnon farmers need trading center for better prices of crops

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – Some farmers have complained the absence of a “bagsakan” or trading center in Malaybalay City and other areas of Bukidnon have put them at the… »

Flashback: Bukidnon under El Niño circa 2009-2010

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 May)–The farms did not dry up in Bukidnon in 2009 to 2010 when the long dry spell hit the country then, but around 6,000 farmers were reported… »

Groups seek halt to entry of ‘golden rice’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — Environmental groups in the city are gathering signatures for a petition asking the Department of Agriculture (DA) to prevent the entry of the so-called golden… »

Farming in ARMM goes high-tech with mobile app

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – A management tool for farmers using mobile apps is being eyed for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to boost yield and income. Department… »

Awards seen to encourage youth to become farmers

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/April 15) – The Junior Chamber International (JCI) launched Monday in this city the search for Ten Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines (TOFARM), an initiative that aims to… »

SouthCot moves to stop green bug infestation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 March) — Agriculture personnel in South Cotabato province have stepped up efforts to contain the emergence in the area in the last several weeks of the… »

Cacao farming in Davao pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 Feb) – The City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO) would need P200 million to implement Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order for the office to fully develop cacao f… »

Irrigation breach feared to destroy 1,000 hectares of rice farms in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 December)–Around 1,000 hectares of irrigated palay farms in three municipalities of South Cotabato province are at risk of drying up within in the next few weeks… »

Good Harvest

Farmers use a rice thresher to separate the rice grains from the stalks and husks in Barangay Alubijid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 9, 2013. MindaNews photo… »

Bukidnon gives premium to food security in proposed new land use plan

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 October) — Dolores Dio, 74, is among the few women whose main livelihood is farming in Barangay Sinanglanan, one of Malaybalay’s 46 barangays. Since her husband died… »

RDC-12 focuses on agri processing, manufacturing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 is targeting to draw more investments on agricultural processing and manufacturing as it moves… »

Koronadal LGU pushes organic farming

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) – Upbeat with the prospects of the thriving organic agriculture industry, the city government here is pushing for the massive adoption by local farmers… »

Focus on agri instead of mining, professionals advise Bukidnon town

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – The municipal government of Impasug-ong in Bukidnon should dedicate its time and resources on helping improve and modernize agriculture rather than push for… »

Nearly half of PHL’s premium rice exports from Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 August) – Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region has shipped 52.8 metric tons of premium rice in the last three months to various markets abroad through… »

Bid to export meat products from Region 12 revived

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/27 June)– The departments of Agriculture (DA) and the Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 12 are reviving efforts to land the area’s meat products in Asian markets.… »

Region 12 corn production valued at P15.6B

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 May)—The value of corn produced in Region 12 last year reached a staggering P15.6 billion, a regional Department of Agriculture (DA) official said. Zaldy Boloron, DA-12 corn… »

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… »

SouthCot, Kudarat farmers rejoice with the rain

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 May) – The early onset of the rainy season has brought some relief to farmers in nearby South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces who were affected… »

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