LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

A Karlo fan     As a big fan of Davao City First District Congressman Karlo Nograles, I am frustrated that the son of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, also my idol, once, has taken the route of political suicide taken by his father. This after reading a news report about the young Nograles urging the national government to allow foreigners to engage in agricultural production in the country. Interpreted simply, this means that Karlo wants foreigners to own land in the country at the expense of the poor farmers. Before he bowed out of office, Speaker Nograles came short of … Continue reading LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

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Sumilao farmers now on their feet

BY ROGER M. BALANZA BUKIDNON – Sumilao farmers, who gained fame in 1997 in their bid to own a 147-hectare estate  in a 69-day walk from Bukidnon to Manila to bring their plight to the government are now a happy lot. The farmers had waged a protracted battle in asking government to place the land under the  Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) the estate owned by San Miguel Corporation. The Sumilao farmers began fighting for the land  in 1990. In 1995, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) awarded the estate to the farmers. DAR, however, revoked the award two years … Continue reading Sumilao farmers now on their feet

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Urbanized organic agriculture

Switchboard by Roldan G. Gorgonio I took notice of the bright prospects of organic agriculture that if tapped by the government for revenue generation would spell economic salvation for many Filipinos, particularly the farmers. I said this having been part of the documentation team for the terminal report validation workshop for the Philippine Development Assistance Program (PDAP) with its “Promoting Rural Industries and Market Enhancement (PRIME)” project, partnered by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) held not so long ago at the Waterfront Hotel. As part of our job we took a quick look at the Sultan Kudarat Muscovado Farmers … Continue reading Urbanized organic agriculture

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Davao City mayor bares agri-plan

            As government economic planners along with private sector actors mapped out Mindanao’s agricultural directions last week at a major expo here, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte bared her own programs aiming to transform the city into a major agricultural producer.              Mayor Duterte opened the Davao Trade Expo 2010 with Robert Quinto, president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.; and members of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce in Mindanao, which organized the 3-day event held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, where Mindanao products were displayed for world buyers to explore.             A highlight … Continue reading Davao City mayor bares agri-plan

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BIMP-EAGA mulled as ‘food basket’ in ASEAN

          DAVAO CITY -Key officials from the private sector and government of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) met recently to beef up efforts in making the sub-region the ASEAN’s “food basket” during the 8th BIMP-EAGA Natural Resources Development (NRD) meeting in General Santos City last month.           Developing EAGA’s potential as a regional food basket through innovative strategies and strengthened collaboration was a major directive during the 6th BIMP-EAGA Leaders Summit last December 2009.           According to Dr. Rolando Dy, executive director of the Center for Food and Agri-Business, BIMP-EAGA’s rich and diverse marine and terrestrial resources … Continue reading BIMP-EAGA mulled as ‘food basket’ in ASEAN

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Drought creeping into Davao Region

El Nino forecasts alarm Davao farmers Banaybanay, Davao Oriental — Farmers in this rice-producing province were alarmed with the recent Pag-asa forecast which projected an El Nino dry spell by mid2010 that will devastate at least of  nine of its 14 barangays.   The Davao region was classified as “moderately vulnerable” to the impact of the El Nino phenomenon which meant lesser rainfall this year.   “Dugang kalisod sa mga mag-uuma ang mamahimong epekto sa El Nino taliwala sa nagkagrabeng krisis sa agrikultura. Ang mga mag-uuma sa Banaybanay nga nagatikad sa kapin kon kulang 5,000 ektarya dugay na nga nakasinati … Continue reading Drought creeping into Davao Region

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Drought to cause billion-pesos damage

El Nino in Davao! By ROGER M. BALANZA It is going to be a hot, hot first half of Year 2010. As Dabawenyos sweat it out under searing heat the past few days, the weather bureau said the El Nino phenomenon is here and could last up to the middle of this year.   The Department of Agriculture has the same forecast for the Davao Region and the rest of the country and sees drier months ahead could wreak havoc on agriculture. DA Secretary Arthur Yap has crafted the El Nino Mitigation Program as the country braces against threats to … Continue reading Drought to cause billion-pesos damage

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Agriculture not worried by banana farm expansions

RICE PRODUCTION NOT IN PERIL By ROGER M. BALANZA The Department of Agriculture is not alarmed by banana farm expansions gobbling up rice farms. Undersecretary Jesus Emmanuel Paras said in Davao City last week the conversions of rice lands into banana plantations barely affected the overall rice production areas of 1.5 million irrigated rice lands. Paras said during the Food Summit for Mindanao that only about 10,000 has of rice lands have been converted to bananas farms, and prevalent only in Davao del Norte where banana is the major crop. Cavendish bananas for export is the region’s main export, bringing … Continue reading Agriculture not worried by banana farm expansions

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