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The project will involve the establishment of 6,200 units of computerized Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) intended to irrigate 500,000 hectares of rice farms and other high-value agricultural products over the next three years.

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    “Before, we had to ride a ‘paraw’ (small boat) across the Mamburao river to reach other sitios; teachers and students had a hard time going to school because they have to pass along slippery road, especially during rainy season. We are thankful to DPWH for we now have faster and safer trips,” noted Mang Estilito.

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    (TESDA-CAR) OIC Director Manuel Wong also invited the ARBs to enroll at TESDA and train on agriculture- related training courses to improve their skills in farming.

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    This is expected to benefit the livelihood of 700 farmer-beneficiaries. It also entails incidental benefits, such as flood control, aqua-culture, agro-tourism, hydroelectric and solar power generation, and watershed management.

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    More rice mills stop operations

    MANILA, Philippines — The rice milling industry is now bearing the brunt of the liberalization of the rice industry as 40 percent of the country’s rice mills have stopped operations.

    The Philippine Confederation of Grains Association (PhilConGrains), a nationwide organization of rice millers, said only 60 percent of the approximately 10,000 rice mills in the country are operating.

    “There are lots of mills, including the big ones, that have stopped operating. During the last harvest season, some bought at higher prices which they milled and yet they cannot sell those right now because prices have dropped,” PhilConGrains president Joji Co told reporters on the sidelines of the Masaganang Ani 300 launch Monday.

    In Isabela, for instance, six big mills had already stopped operations. Co estimates that a big mill costs as much as P100 million, while the smaller ones range between P30 million and P50 million.

    “There are still more in other areas particularly in major rice producing areas like Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Mindoro and Panay Island. Right now, only 60 to 70 percent are operating,” Co said.

    “In Bocaue, Bulacan, 80 to 90 percent of their rice mills are not milling but they have rice stocks which all came from importation. Milling is labor intensive, but if they buy imported, it is very easy for them,” he said.

    The reduction in the milling operations has resulted in lower production of rice bran (darak) which eventually pushed prices up.

    Rice bran is one of the components for feeds for poultry and hogs. Prices of rice bran have already doubled to P17 per kilo from the average P8 to P9 per kilo.

    “Rice bran should be lower than palay, it doesn’t make sense if it’s higher because it’s just a by-product,” said United Broilers Raisers Association president Elias Jose Inciong.

    “We are already in a difficult position. We continue to look for alternatives whenever prices of corn, our main feeds materials, go up,” he said.

    PhilConGrains is also pushing for the review of the Rice Tariffication Law. It also urged the Bureau of Customs to strictly enforce tariff rates amid undervaluation issues.

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    DAR chief Castriciones said Landbank put in place a PHP5-billion direct lending program called Accessible Funds For Delivery to ARB’s or (AFFORD-ARBs), which will specifically cater to ARBs engaged in rice, corn, and high-value crops production.

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    Farm sector shrank 0.24% in 1st half of 2019

    The agriculture sector contracted by 0.24 percent in the first half of the year due to a drop in crop production brought by the El Niño dry spell.

    The latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) noted a 5.70-percent decline in the production of crops during the second quarter, which contribute almost half of the total farm output.

    This dragged the minimal growth registered in the first quarter of 0.67 percent. For the second quarter, the industry shrank by 1.27 percent.

    Palay and corn output fell by 5.82 percent and 8.73 percent in the second quarter, respectively. The PSA said these were traced to the “decreases in harvested areas and yields in most of the regions because of the adverse effects of the dry spell/drought.”

    Other crops that posted declines were coconut, banana, peanut, mongo, cassava, sweet potato, tomato, cabbage and calamansi.

    Consequently, the value of crops was down by 11.09 percent during the second quarter to P215.5 billion. This was also due to the decrease in the production of certain crops as farmers shifted to planting other plants that were more profitable.

    Sugarcane posted the biggest contraction in value at 55.89 percent as a result of the drop in the volume of production. The industry has been struggling with costlier inputs and lower yields, which prompted the Sugar Regulatory Administration to recently allow the importation of 250,000 metric tons of the commodity.

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    Piñol blames economic team for collapse in palay prices

    OUTGOING Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol’s closing message upon leaving office was to blame economic managers for the collapse in domestic rice prices, due to competition from cheap foreign imports and “hoarding” of the staple grain by price manipulators.

    In a social media post, Mr. Piñol suggested that the government economic team was out of touch for implementing the Rice Tariffication Law, which allowed private traders to import Southeast Asian rice more freely, in exchange for the payment of a 35% tariff on grain sources from Southeast Asia.

    He denounced practitioners of economic “theory” which resulted in “flooding the market with imported rice.”

    He said policy makers need “to look beyond the graph and get out of their air-conditioned offices to see reality.”

    The inflation crisis of 2018 was at least partly due to the drawdown of rice inventories at the National Food Authority (NFA), which left many poor families who depend on NFA rice little choice but to buy their rice from pricier commercial sources. This resort to unsubsidized commercial grain had an outsized impact on the inflation basket, which in poor countries is heavily-weighted in favor of food.

    Inflation peaked at 6.7% last September, its highest level in nine years, prompting the government to enact rice tariffication, which came into force in March. Among other measures, the law removed the NFA’s importing function and left it to procure rice from domestic sources alone.

    The NFA’s buying price for palay, the unhusked form in which farmers sell their crop, starts at P17 per kilo, but with various incentives for delivery and drying can rise to as high as P20.70. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the average farmgate price of palay was P17.80 in the third week of July.

    Private traders have been using the threat of competition from imported rice to negotiate lower buying prices from farmers or even leaving the market for domestically-grown palay altogether to focus on imports.

    Mr. Piñol estimated private buying prices for palay to be as low as P12-14 in parts of the country, thereby depriving farmers of much-needed income. He said buying prices in 2018, before the law was implemented, were at about P18.

    Mr. Piñol said economic managers failed to account for hoarding, market manipulation, and the cartel of traders who collude in setting buying and selling prices.

    Legislators are seeking a review of the Rice Tariffication Law, amid the drop in farmgate prices and allegations of the slow disbursement of the P10-billion-a-year Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

    The law calls for the RCEF to be funded by tariffs on imported rice, in order to upgrade the rice industry’s productivity.

    The PSA will release second quarter agriculture output data on Aug. 7

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    The skill development trainings being offered by the TESDA would help empower a farmer, which may lead to his/her emancipation from the bondage of the soil.

    “Through this scholarship program, every member of the farming family can contribute in uplifting the rural economy and spurring rural development,” Lapena said.

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    “As owners of the land, farmers will be freed from the burden of paying rentals for the use of the land and from fear of getting ejected as tenants,”

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    Philippine cacao is continuing to gain international attention. We are proud that Jose Saguban's cacao is set to be featured among the best in the world in the upcoming 2019 International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.

    Mabuhay ang ating mga cacao farmers! Saludo sa'yo, sir!

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    The BFAR and CFO sought to distribute a total of 874 fiber reinforced plastic boats with 6.5 horsepower engine to the fisherfolks of Marawi.

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    Magdalena Dagohoy, chairperson of the farmworkers’ association, said acquiring a piece of land is more than winning the lottery.

    Philippine Army officials also had a dialogue with the residents to address the root cause of poverty and insurgency.

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    THE WAY FORWARD │ Level Up Philippine Agriculture!
    Home William Dollente Dar, Ph.D.

    William Dollente Dar, Ph.D.

    It was auspicious that two and a half years ago, in December 2016, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte honored Dar and two others as The Outstanding Filipino(TOFIL) awardees for 2016, for their “exemplary achievements and selfless dedication to their profession or vocation that resulted not only to the advancement of their respective fields of endeavor, but also made significant contributions to the betterment of our countrymen and to our country at large.”

    This time, Dar will continue to serve the Philippines again as Acting Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

    He was named by then President Joseph Estrada as DA acting secretary, from July 1998 to May 1999. Under his short 11-month watch, he started implementing the provisions of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), and despite an unfortunate El Niño episode, the agriculture sector registered an unprecedented growth of 9.6% in 1999.

    To date, he is the only Filipino who led a global agricultural research institute — the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in India, serving for an unprecedented three five-year terms, from 2000 to 2014. He left a legacy benefitting millions of farmers in India, Africa, and other dryland countries, including the Philippines.

    Son of poor farmers from Danuman West, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur, Dar has quadrupled the income and investments poured into ICRISAT, from US$ 21 million in 2000 to US$ 85 million in 2014. The fund went to further developing modern and sustainable crop cultivars/hybrids and technologies of its five major commodities (sorghum, pearl millet, chickpea, pigeonpea, and peanut) that are planted by tens of millions of small farmers worldwide.

    ICRISAT is one the 15 research institutes under the CGIAR (Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research), a global partnership dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Laguna, is also a member of CGIAR.

    During his term, ICRISAT has partnered with the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Agricultural Research, sharing modern sustainable farming technologies and cultivars of sweet sorghum, peanut, chickpea (garbanzos) and pigeonpea (kadyos) thousands of farmers in rainfed areas of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos, Southern Luzon, and Southern Mindanao regions.

    He is currently the President of InangLupa Movement Inc., (InangLupa), a movement working for an inclusive, science-based, climate-smart and competitive Philippine agriculture.

    He is also the former country representative of Prasad Seeds Philippines Inc.

    His extensive research and professional experience were on crop management, farming systems development, and technology sharing and upscaling.

    Before leaving for India, he also served as Presidential Advisor on Food Security (1999) and Executive Director, National Agricultural and Fishery Council (1998).


    Humble beginnings

    He started humbly as his farmer-parents were poor. His uncle Augustin Dollente sent him to college, studying BS in Agricultural Education in 1969 and MS in Agronomy in 1976, at the then Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC), now known as Benguet State University (BSU), in La Trinidad, Benguet.

    At BSU, he started as a researcher and instructor in 1979 and rose to become professor VI and vice president for R&D support services in 1985. In between those years, he pursued a PhD in horticulture at UP Los Baños, completing it in 1980.

    When the DA was reorganized in 1987, then DA Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III appointed him the first director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).

    He then served as executive director of then PCARRD, from 1994 to 1998. The agency is now called the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, based in Los Baños, Laguna.

    He has received eight Doctorate degrees (Honoris Causa) in various fields by several state universities and colleges in (SUCs) in the Philippines.

    In 1988, he was among the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines, and received an “Outstanding Administrator Award” from the Department of Science and Technology.

    In 2014, he received the “Outstanding MS Swaminathan Leadership Award” from India.

    In December 5, 2014, he received a “Pamana ng Pilipino Award” from then President Benigno Aquino III, honoring outstanding overseas Filipino individuals and organizations.

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    REPOST from Agriculture Secretary William Dar' Official Facebook account

    “Dapat may katuturan at gamit ang produkto ng inyong mga pananaliksik. Sayang lang kung hindi magagamit ang resulta ng inyong mga research,” said Acting Secretary William Dar during the 32nd anniversary of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).

    [Article] If research is not relevant, don’t do it! – Dar

    “Dapat may katuturan at gamit ang produkto ng inyong mga pananaliksik. Sayang lang kung hindi magagamit ang resulta ng inyong mga research,” said Acting Secretary William Dar during the 32nd anniversary of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).

    Working on this framework, Dar is instituting Research for Development (R4D), a strategy that defies “research for research sakes” and focuses on researches that bring about development to the sector.

    R4D is anchored on the rallying strategy of Dar to increase productivity and make farmers and fishers prosperous as he envisions a food-secure Philippines.

    The new agri chief instructed BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar of BAR to anchor on this goal for all its R4D plans, programs, and projects; and support the entire value chain, from production to processing and marketing.

    Dar urged the bureau to adopt and implement the Inclusive and Market-Oriented Development (IMOD) to empower smallholder farmers in overcoming poverty and hunger. This can be achieved through improved and resilient farming, leading them towards a dynamic state from subsistence to market-oriented agriculture.

    During the event, which coincided with the 15th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition, Dar mentioned that the products and technologies showcased in the techno forum should not remain on display but should be incubated, disseminated, and commercialized.

    He instructed the bureau to institutionalize the Technology Business Incubation (TBI) program, which Dar revolutionized during his stint at the India-based, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The TBI program is aimed at facilitating competitive agri-business enterprises through technology development and commercialization.

    With the IMOD strategy as the backdrop of research outputs, Dar instructed BAR to nurture and partner with prospective investors to engage in start-up agribusiness enterprises or food manufacturing.

    Recognizing the crucial role of the business sector, he directed BAR to organize an advisory board with 50 percent of its composition coming from the private sector to look into the research proposals for funding support. Their involvement will provide a better understanding of the decision processes of research policies, achieving better use of investments in public research.

    The techno forum is an annual event of BAR which also celebrated its 32nd founding anniversary. Attending with Dar in the event were Atty. Rhaegee Tamana, representing Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson for the Committee on Agriculture and Food; and BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar. ###

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    Department of Agriculture (DA) Bulletin No. 2:
    Abnormal Swine Deaths in Backyard Farms

    The Department of Agriculture -- upon receipt of incident reports from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) on abnormal swine deaths in backyard farms in some areas -- immediately ordered the investigation of affected farms and collection of blood samples.

    Affected backyard swine farmers said their pigs showed loss of appetite, recumbency, vomiting, skin hemorrhages, dark discoloration in the extremities, and sudden death.

    DA-BAI experts said several diseases can be associated with said clinical signs. Thus, further confirmation is needed from a recognized foreign reference laboratory in Europe.

    We expect to receive the results at the earliest, in two weeks, or at the latest, three months.

    BAI and DA Regional Field Offices (RFOs) are currently conducting joint activities in line with the 1-7-10 protocol in managing, containing and controlling the suspected disease or diseases.

    This means that within one kilometer (km)-radius of infected farms, BAI and concerned RFO have set up quarantine checkpoints at strategic locations to prevent the movement of all live pigs, pork, and pork-related products. All pigs tested positive within the area are culled.

    For swine farms within seven-km radius, BAI and concerned RFO conduct surveillance procedures, test animals to determine extent of infection, and limit animal movement.

    Finally, in farms within 10-km radius, we require mandatory disease reporting.

    The DA-BAI urges swine raisers to improve their biosecurity measures and prohibit swill feeding.

    In partnership with local government units, the private sector and PNP, we at the DA-BAI and concerned DA-RFOs vigorously conduct joint monitoring of the movement of live pigs, pork and pork-related products in suspected infected swine farms.

    We strongly require that movement and trade of live animals, meat and processed products be accompanied with appropriate veterinary health certificate, shipping permit, and meat inspection certificate.

    We also urge consumers to remain vigilant when buying meat and meat by-products, which should be duly inspected by the DA-National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

    Given the situation, we assure the public that there is enough supply of meat in the market.

    Let us all help the swine industry by reporting any unusual swine mortalities in your area to the nearest government veterinary offices so that immediate action can be undertaken.

    For reports and inquiries on animal disease incidence, kindly call or text DA-BAI at 0995-1329339 or 0920-8543119. ###

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    PHL cattle, goat production declined in April-June–PSA

    The country’s cattle and goat output recorded a slight decline in the April-to-June period due to lower production in eight regions, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in its latest report.

    The PSA said cattle output during the period fell by 1.9 percent to 65,200 metric tons from last year’s 66,460 MT. The agency attributed this to the decline in the output of eight regions.

    Of the eight regions, Zamboanga Peninsula registered the biggest drop at 28.1 percent to 1,430 MT, from 1,990 MT a year ago, according to the PSA.

    “Among the regions, Northern Mindanao was the top producer of cattle at 10,470 MT, liveweight,” the PSA said in its  Cattle Situation Report  published recently.

    “This was followed by Calabarzon and Ilocos Region with production of 9,510 MT and 7,240 MT, liveweight, respectively. These three regions contributed 41.8 percent to the country’s total cattle production,” it added.

    The country’s total cattle inventory as of July was estimated at 2.56 million heads, slightly higher than the 2.55 million heads recorded in the same period a year ago, the PSA said.

    “In backyard farms, cattle inventory at 2.41 million heads increased by 0.4 percent from the previous year’s count of 2.40 million heads,” it said. “Stocks in commercial farms at 153,930 heads decreased by 0.04 percent from the previous year’s count of 154,000 heads.”

    The top five regions in terms of cattle inventory were Ilocos Region, Central Visayas, Calabarzon, Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao, the PSA said.

    “The combined stocks of these five regions accounted for 52.6 percent of the country’s total cattle inventory,” it added.

    Goat production

    from April to June, the PSA said goat output fell slightly to 17,590 MT from last year’s record of 17,690 MT. The PSA attributed this to the production declines recorded by eight regions.

    “Among these regions, Soccsksargen reported the highest decline in production of 13 percent, from 1,130 MT, liveweight in 2018 to 980 MT, liveweight in 2019,” the PSA said.

    “Among the regions, Ilocos Region was the highest producer of goat at 3,220 MT, liveweight. This was followed by Northern Mindanao and Central Visayas with production of 2,140 MT, and 2,080 MT, liveweight, respectively,” it added.

    The PSA said the country’s total goat inventory as of July 1 rose by 1.4 percent to 3.83 million heads from 3.77 million heads last year.

    “Inventory of goat in backyard farms at 3.78 million heads posted an increase of 1.4 percent compared with its previous year’s level of 3.72 million
    heads,” it said.

    “In commercial farms, total inventory of goat was 48,760 heads. This was 0.9 percent higher than its previous year’s level of 48,340 heads,” it added.

    The PSA said in a recent report that livestock production, including hogs and cattle, rose by 3.22 percent in the second quarter. Hog and dairy came up with output gains during the period.

    Figures from the PSA indicated that the value of livestock production amounted to P77.7 billion at current prices. In the first half of 2019, livestock production grew by an annualized rate of 2.24 percent.

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