“The current regime is set to leave a more food-insecure Philippines. Duterte is the biggest typhoon, the worst pest for a Filipino farmer. One in four food products in the country is imported.”
Of the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget, P43.6 billion is allocated to the Department of Agriculture, an 18-percent increase from P36.7 billion last year. But one wonders, how much pesos will find its way to small farmers like Centino and Ortiz?
Science and technology advocates want the government to take action in modernizing local agriculture.
“Comrades, have the massacres, killings and land grabbing stopped?” peasant leader Rafael Mariano asked. The crowd gave a resounding no.
The players in the cacao industry have targeted to produce one Million metric tons of cacao by 2014. Currently, the target falls short with the country producing only 20,000 MT out of the 130,000 to 150,000 MT target. The country needs to plant cacao to about 130,000 hectares to reach the target.
By RITCHE T. SALGADO Bulatlat.com DUMAGUETE CITY – Farmers in Negros Oriental recently held a dialogue with the provincial governor to present their concerns ranging from hunger brought about by the lean planting season, to complaints on national programs and policies that included conditional cash transfer, large scale mining, energy exploration, and biofuels. Representing farmers,…
Why Corporations, Emerging Powers and Petro-States Are Snapping Up Huge Chunks of Farmland in the Developing World
By SCOTT THILL AlterNet International Posted by Bulatlat In the past six months, big players in the global economy have grabbed 50 million acres of arable land, from Africa to Southeast Asia. Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: Investment banks, sovereign wealth funds and other barely regulated financial entities in search…
A former tobacco farmer from the Ilocos region, in a press conference last week, said Ilocanos would prefer planting rice and other crops rather than tobacco if only the government provided assistance. BY LYN V. RAMO Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat QUEZON CITY — A former tobacco farmer from the Ilocos region, in a press…