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SOCSKSARGEN holds business conference in April

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – The business sector in SOCSKSARGEN is set to revive its business conference first held eight years ago.
Banking on the region’s agribusiness potentials and the support of local government leaders, private trade leaders recently launched here the 2nd SOCSKSARGEN Business Conference with the theme “Seizing Regional and Global Opportunities: Enhancing Agribusiness Competitiveness.”

Agri’s Yap meets with banana growers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 Feb)  -- It's confirmed. Agriculture Sec. Arthur Yap will be meeting officials of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters' Association (PBGEA) this week amid calls for the recall or veto of the ordinance banning aerial spraying in agricultural plantations in the city.

DOLE approves daily wage hike for Dolefil workers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 January) -- After four months, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), has finally handed its decision on the labor row at Dole Philippines, Inc., (Dolefil) approving a daily wage increase for workers at 4.8%  on the first year, retroactive to February 2006, and 5.2% and 5.6% on the second and third year, respectively. 

DTI 12 adopts ISO 9001:2000

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 January) --  The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) has formally adopted the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2000 as the core of its quality management systems. 

NEDA cites downside of ban on aerial spraying

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / January 19) – The victory of environment advocates against aerial spraying here may see its downside on the cautiousness taken by owners of Southern Mindanao's biggest export industry, banana.

Move to form new Davao City business chamber underway

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 January) -- A move to form a new business chanmber in Davao City is underway as the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) plans to form a new group that it can work harmoniously with "to develop the economic climate in Mindanao."

Despite bombings, Mindanao still the place for investors

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /19 January) – Mindanao's assets prevail over violence.

Mindanao is still the place to go for investors despite recent bomb explosions in three of its cities, an official from the National Economic Development Authority said

SouthCot’s Fuentes urges farmers to plant more durian, mango

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/17 Jan) -- Gov. Daisy Avance Fuentes is urging farmers in the province to plant more mango, durian and other high-value fruits to catch up with the rising domestic and international demand.

Gov?t calls for expansion of abaca plantations in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY - The government has pitched for more players and wider plantations for the abaca fiber industry in Mindanao amid "bright" prospects of increasing demand abroad, an official said.

GMA to coal power plant owner: increase production

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) – Barely a day after its inauguration, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked State Power Incorporated, owner of Mindanao’s biggest coal plant, to increase its production capacity from its present capacity of 210 megawatts, to fill in Mindanao’s energy requirement.

GenSan fishport expansion okay by March

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 January) – Expansion work at the 32-hectare fishport complex here is expected to be completed not later than March as industry players expect exports to the European Union to significantly improve this year with additional facilities being put in place.

Davao City eyes P62-M from economic enterprises in 2007

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) -- The Davao City Economic Enterprises Office is targeting P62.65 million income from economic enterprises this year.

Trading center spurs progress in Sultan Kudarat

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (Growth with Equity in Mindanao) -- For the past several years, farmers and livestock breeders in Barangay Upper Dansuli have had to crowd together, once or twice a week, at the municipal abattoir compound which also served as the livestock auction market, to sell their cattle, other livestock, and poultry animals. The process was somewhat disorganized, as buyers and sellers had to transact business wherever they could. The process was likened by one trader to “a mismanaged mini zoo."

DA launches 2nd phase of Mindanao’s rural dev’t program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 December) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will launch in February the second phase of the US$90 million World Bank-funded Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP). 

Kidapawan allots P350T for fruit galore

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/08 October) -- If you happen to be in Kidapawan on
October 14, you can have your fill of exotic fruits at the fruit galore, an eat-all-you-can event for which the city government has allotted P350,000.

Bukidnon to control entry of plants

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 Sep) -- Warning to all who want to bring seeds, seedlings and other planting materials to the province of Bukidnon.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed on second reading this month an ordinance regulating the entry of these items to the province “to protect the province's agriculture economy from threats of virulent plant pests and diseases."

Japan hosts training for future farmers

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/21 September) -- Japan will again host future farmer leaders from all over the country in a year-long training program on modern farm techniques and technologies under the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan.

Senate nod on tuna fishing bill seen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 September) -- Senate President Manuel Villar has assured he would facilitate the passage of a bill on tuna handline fishing and a regulatory mechanism for the use of tuna handline fishing boats before the start of the political campaign season next year, South Cotabato First District Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio said.

DA opens Cotabato’s 1st modern corn post harvest facility

KABACAN, Cotabato (MindaNews/September 1) – Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban inaugurated Thursday the P20-million post-harvest corn processing plant and trading center in Barangay Osias here, the  first in North Cotabato. 

Dole Phil workers vote to go on strike

POLOMOLOK, South Cotabato (MindaNews/28 August) – To the chant of “Welga, Welga” (Strike, Strike), union members of Dole Philippines, Inc. voted to go on strike during the balloting that ended at 9 p.m. on a rainy Sunday.

Where’s the pesticide advisory body?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) -- Where's the committee that is supposed to evaluate, assess, and recommend measures to ensure safety of pesticides?

Tuna festival opens in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 August) – Despite apprehensions over security, a festive mood prevailed among residents here who greeted the opening Sunday of the weeklong tuna festival with fun and revelry, and officials who emphasized the contribution of the local tuna industry to the city’s progress.

UP Mindanao holds forum on managing agri supply chain

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 August) -- The University of the Philippines in Mindanao is holding a public forum on agricultural supply chain management on August 29 to help improve linkages between Mindanao's producers and the market.

GenSan hosts 8th tuna congress next week

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 August) – The Tuna Congress next week, the eighth since the annual event for the P18-billion industry started, will focus on quality, safety and sustainability strategies.

Fruit festival postponed due to lack of fruits

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/22 August) -- The annual celebration of Timpupo Fetival has been moved from this month to October 9 to 15 due to lack of  fruits.
City administrator Rodolfo Cabiles Jr. told DXND Radio for Peace that fruit growers in various parts of this city have complained about the scarcity of fruits because of the erratic weather condition that hit the province of North Cotabato.

North Cot?s fruit farmers lose millions in sales; erratic weather blamed

MAGPET, North Cotabato (MindaNews/20 August) – Blame it on erratic weather conditions that hit Southwestern Mindanao early this year, officials said when asked to comment on the relative scarcity of exotic fruits like lanzones, rambutan, marang, mangosteen and durian which flooded the region and neighboring areas from July to August in previous years.

Lanao floods: fishpond, riceland damage at P35.7-M

KAPATAGAN, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews/15 Aug) -- The flashflood that hit this town dawn on Monday damaged P35.7-million worth of rice crops and marine culture products, according to municipal agriculture officer Frank Bihod.

S. Kudarat agribiz sector gets a boost

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 Aug) -- The Regional Cooperative Development Council (RCDC) in Region 12 has approved the implementation of at least three major agriculture and fishery-based programs in Sultan Kudarat province in a bid to boost the development of the area’s agribusiness sector.

Davao City eyes ban on aerial spraying by January 2007

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 August) – Davao City may ban aerial spraying in all agricultural plantations here starting January 1, 2007 if the City Council approves this month an ordinance proposing such measure, Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan said Sunday in the city government's weekly TV program "Gikan sa masa, para sa masa" (From the people, for the people).

BFAR?s restructuring seen to make the agency ineffective

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 August) – Downgrading the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources from a line bureau to a staff bureau of the Department of Agriculture has met strong opposition from tuna industry players here who even issued a manifesto asking Malacañang to junk the plan.

Davao mango producers battle with rain

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 Aug) -- Because of the persistent rains, mango contractors in the region are now experimenting with plastic umbrellas to shield their mango trees.

North Cotabato allots P10-M for rubber, oil palm programs

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 July) -- The Provincial Board of North Cotabato
approved in a special session on Saturday an additional P10-million fund for the province’s rubber and oil palm propagation program.

Koronadal identifies ‘tuba-tuba’ as key investment crop

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/29 July) -- The city government here has identified tuba-tuba (Jatropha curcas) as the locality’s newest investment priority area, in addition to oil palm.

Agri Sec pushes for “Pinoy” banana chips brand

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) -- Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban  urged participants of the 2nd National Banana Conference Wednesday to consider the  creation of a single "Pinoy" brand of banana chips so the Philippines could corner a sizable part of the global market. 

Halal board expected to start working in August

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) -- A private sector-led Halal Certification Board (HCB) is expected to be activated by August this year, to fast track development of the halal industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the Local Government Support Program in the ARMM (LGSPA) said.

DA to construct meat lab in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will to construct a  modern satellite meat laboratory here later this year to facilitate the city’s bid to become a major exporter of quality meat products, Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. said.

Pass law on tuna handline operation, solons asked

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 July)– Small tuna fisherfolk using the traditional hook-and-line method in this city has asked the Senate anew to pump some life into their "dying" sector by passing a proposed special law that would finally recognize their operation.