DA-11 sees expansion of coffee farms in Davao region in 4 years

The Department of Agriculture in Region 11 (DA-11) is bullish about the expansion of coffee production areas in the Davao Region to 20,000 hectares in 2022 from the current 16,000. Melani Provido, DA-11 High-Value Crops Development Program Coordinator, said DA sees an increase in the area, at least by 20 percent, and the production of coffee to 100 percent, or about one metric ton per hectare per year. In a business forum on Tuesday, Provido said coffee is one of the priority programs of the DA. The agency focuses on…

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DA pushes solar irrigation to cover 1-M HAs. in 5 years

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is pushing for the massive adoption in the country of the solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS), which, he said, is much cheaper, faster to put up, allows more rice croppings, and makes rice sufficiency attainable. He said the conventional system of the National Irrigation Administration at present does not suffice for all of the country’s farm irrigation needs. We have land, but the issue is providing water there. So, we must think out of the box,” Piñol said at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM)’s…

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South Cotabato pineapples reach US market

Fresh pineapples from Region 12 have finally entered the United Sates (US) market, with weekly shipments lined up starting this month. Ramon Manansala, a fruit producer and consolidator based in South Cotabato province, said Monday they made their maiden shipment to Saipan last May 10 through assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Region 12. Manansala, chair of RM Fruitz International, said they shipped an initial nine metric tons (MT) of high quality fresh MG3 pineapples to a buyer based in Saipan, the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands and…

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DA runs first solar irrigation, 116 more under construction

Completed in 60 days The Department of Agriculture (DA) today commissioned its first fully-operational Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) in Barangay Manubuan, Matalam, North Cotabato which could irrigate as much as 40-hectares with a cost of only P6.4-M. A total of 116 more units are undergoing construction in other parts of the country funded by the DA locally and implemented by the different regional offices. The Manubuan, Matalam SPIS, which was completed in a record time of only 60 days, officially becomes the first Solar-Powered Irrigation System to be commissioned by…

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DA-PCIC Designs Pension Plan for ageing Farmers, Fishermen

After the successful launching of a Life and Accident Insurance Plan for farmers and fishermen, the Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (DA-PCIC) has started designing a Pension Program which would provide retirement benefits to millions of people who produce food for the country. Initially called the “Farmers and Fishermen’s Pension Fund (FFPF), the program is aimed at providing security to farmers and fishermen in the country who “retire” from food production work because of old age. This is a program which I have long advocated even…

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