From: Agriculture Philippines
Corn prices are surging due to severe drought conditions in the USA and the very low corn harvest there currently. Many food commodity prices are increasing due to a variety of factors affecting supply and demand. The fact is that with the increasing global population food demand and the decreasing global farming harvests is out pacing supply causing prices to go higher, and that creates an opportunity for those already farming and new farmers. The forecast for the next 12 months is for food commodities to stay high with the more demand than supply. Planting and farming corn now can help provide future food supply for consumers and higher farming profits for you the farmer.
From: Business Mirror – Thursday, 28 July 2011 – Jennifer A. Ng / Reporter
Major supermarkets, hotels and restaurants have committed to patronize, sell and use local agriculture and fishery products following an appeal made by the Philippine government.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala also disclosed that the Department of Agriculture (DA) will establish a central depot or distribution hub where small supermarkets could buy their regular stocks of various agri-fishery products, including onions.
“The private sector’s commitment will provide the much-needed boost to promote local farm products versus imported ones and subsequently encourage Filipino farmers to produce more and earn more,” said Alcala in a statement.
Naga is a mid-size city of 150,000 residents internationally and nationally renowned as among the “best practices” in good local governance in the Philippines and in the developing world. Naga City has maximized the opportunities for governance reform, local capacity building, and improved delivery of basic services created by political decentralization under the Local Government Code.
Since 1988, Naga City has been creating and implementing various mechanisms to involve local organized groups, particularly from the marginalized sectors of society, in governing the city. Its City Government has been working closely with highly functional People’s Council and various other Councils, Committees, Special Bodies, and Task Forces to deal with local governance issues – from social housing for the poor to creating sustainable social enterprises, from addressing school board governance to using new information communication technologies in creating closer relations between the people and the city government.
This long history of public engagement and capable leadership continuity make Naga City an ideal and productive laboratory for examining the promises and challenges of democratizing planning in a rapidly growing and complex city environment.
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 20:28 – by Jennifer A. Ng / Reporter
NONPROFIT organization Organic Producers and Trade Association (Opta) is asking the government for as much as P200 million in budget support for its programs and projects which are primarily aimed at encouraging more Filipinos to go into organic farming and consume organic products.
Opta president Mara Pardo de Tavera noted that her group presented its proposals to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on Tuesday.
“We hope to secure the support of the government for our programs and projects. Our initiatives [constitute] an integrated approach to developing and promoting organic farming in the country,” de Tavera told reporters in a briefing in Quezon City yesterday.
Philippines, Camarines Sur—Farmers in Bicol were should go for self-sufficiency in vegetables so that the region stops relying on produce from other places that sell at higher prices in local markets.
“You should produce your own vegetables because a big chunk of the cost being shouldered by consumers [here] is actually the cost of transportation,” Arsenio Barcelona, president of HARBEST Agribusiness Corp., said here over the weekend before 200 participants in a 10-week training program on the commercial production of high-value vegetables.
HARBEST is one of the sponsors of the training course organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office based here in cooperation with the SM Foundation Inc. and local government units (LGUs) of the province.
from: Agriculture Business Week, Posted on August 20th, 2008
Veteran agriculturist Arsenio Barcelona says that adapting the greenhouse technology could really be expensive, but would benefit the farmers in the long run.
How would you like to enjoy fruits like melons, tomatoes, etc. all year round? With greenhouse technology, one can enjoy even out-of-season fruits anytime of the year.
A greenhouse is a structure built to accommodate and grow plants even in adverse weather or environmental conditions. They were developed primarily to allow agricultural activity proceed despite adverse weather conditions. This is especially true in temperate countries that experience extreme swings in weather conditions.
Greenhouses in these countries are built to trap heat and protect plants from cold. In tropical countries like the Philippines, greenhouses serve a different purpose. Arsenio Barcelona, owner of Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, is one such person who distributes greenhouses as well as other agricultural supplies. According to him, a greenhouse in the country serves to protect the plants from rain, wind and pests.
Source: Agriculture Business Week
While the global crisis is reducing consumption across nations and social classes, causing massive unemployment and constricting the world economy to a precarious extent, other sectors are cashing in on some of its unexpected beneficial effects.
Among them is the herbs and other plants sector, which is experiencing immense growth, according to Edsa Garden House consultant Pearl Banaag.
“Coupled with the thriving niche markets that promote and encourage healthy living for cosmopolitan lifestyles, herbs and other plants are now slowly taking centerstage,” Banaag said.
LEGAZPI CITY—Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL) has implemented a project, dubbed “Urban Agriculture through the High-Value Commercial Crops Techno-Demo Farm” within its expansive campus here.
The project features a 60-square-meter greenhouse where vegetables highly sensitive to rain and changes in temperature like broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower and honeydew melon are being propagated.
Gardens for more hardy vegetables such as squash, eggplant and watermelon have also been established in an open area of 1,000 square meters which perimeters were planted to root crops like ube and sweet potato.