New Agrarian Emancipation Act signed; P57.5-B debt of 610,000 farmers condoned

Jean Mangaluz 07/07/2023

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday signed the New Agrarian Emancipation Act of 2023, condoning the P57.557 billion debt of 610,054 farmers. The law specifically condones the unpaid amortization, interest, surcharge, and penalties of…

Heat starts draining M. Cebu water sources: Measures in place but farmers feel ‘hot pinch’

Wenilyn Sabalo 05/01/2023

(Last of two parts) CEBU CITY, Philippines — Ginalyn Lawas, 35, who has been farming in Sitio Cantipla, Barangay Tabunan, in Cebu City, for 25 years, prefers rainy days to drought. “Ang pinakafailure sa mag-uuma g’yod is…

Farmers’ cats

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 04/25/2023

It had been a long time since I visited Farmers Market (yes, without an apostrophe). During my most recent visit, right as I entered the market and walked past its fruit stands, I saw a cat sitting…

DA rolls out loan program for onion farmers

Jean Mangaluz 03/04/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Following an onion crisis that saw both consumers and producers struggle, the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched a special loan program for farmers, said the agency on Friday. During the final quarter of 2022,…

LOOK: Bongbong Marcos graces launch of ‘Kadiwa ng Pangulo’ in Cebu

CDN Digital 02/27/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took a closer look at some Cebu products as we went around the different stalls at the”Kadiwa ng Pangulo” that opened at the Cebu Provincial Capitol grounds on…

Consumers express dismay over dumping of excess tomatoes in Nueva Vizcaya

Ves Garcia - @inquirerdotnet 02/06/2023

MANILA, Philippines — In light of the country’s soaring vegetable prices, consumers have recently expressed their dismay after seeing several kilograms of tomatoes being discarded in Nueva Vizcaya due to oversupply. Last Jan. 29, social media user…

DA-7 distributes aid to farmer groups in Bohol

Futch Anthony Inso 02/01/2023

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines– The Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA-7) has distributed animal feeds to different farmer groups in Bohol. Around 37 hog raisers associations benefited from the program. DA-7 has distributed 231 sacks of animal…

Crying over onions

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 01/19/2023

When does an economic issue turn into a mental health issue? The world of mental health is quite expansive. It interacts with practically every facet of our lives. The moment something affects the way we think and…

Farmers urged to register to agriculture registry to avail of DA program benefits

Futch Anthony Inso 12/11/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — A farmer from Bantayan town in northern Cebu has encouraged other farmers to register to the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA) so that they can avail of the benefits of…

Govern agriculture right

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/27/2022

No doubt, agriculture now deserves top attention among the three economic sectors, over industry (mostly manufacturing) and services (with its mix of low- and high-value activities). The global food crisis that COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

Fuel discount cards released to 971 farmers, fishers in Cebu – DA-7

Futch Anthony Inso 07/29/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA-7) has distributed on Friday, July 29, 2022, fuel discount cards to 971 farmer and fisherfolk beneficiaries from different local government units (LGUs) in Cebu. The…

Myths and misconceptions

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 06/21/2022

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, a substantive politician I’ve long admired, spoke recently at the University of the Philippines Los Baños on “a new framework for food security and agricultural development,” and had interesting insights worth sharing. I…

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