JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, TMT

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Despite the dry spell that hit several major rice producing provinces, the country’s palay (unmilled rice) production is still expected to increase slightly in the first half of the year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday. DA Assistant Secretary Dante Delima, who is also the National Rice Program…

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will decide this week on the request of Philex Mining Corp. to extend mining operations at its Padcal copper-gold mine in Benguet. MGB Director Leo Jasareno said that they are now evaluating Philex’s appeal for an extension of operations to raise the elevation of…

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More than half of the coconut trees affected by scale insect in various towns of Cavite are now recovering following a massive treatment and control program, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) reported. In a report submitted to PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes, PCA Cavite officer-in-charge Jaime Gamier said that 55.5 percent,…

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) plans to put up at least 50 fish port facilities nationwide over the next three years, as part of the government’s effort to achieve sustainable development of the fisheries sector. BFAR Director Asis Perez said that the agency has put up a…

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has teamed up with telecommunications giant Smart Communications Inc. and two other private sector partners to develop a pilot monitoring system designed to curb illegal forest activities and prevent future disasters similar to Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. During the memorandum of agreement…

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed land titles and P27-million worth of credit assistance to 1,134 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Negros Occidental. In a statement, DAR Under-secretary Jerry Pacturan said that each of the new farmer-landowners received an average of 1.28 hectares of farmland out of the total 1,453…

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The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) believes that the adoption of good agricultural practices (GAP) can help corn farmers increase their productivity and income, which will in turn help the government prompt more corn farmers to get crop insurance. To validate that point,…

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The government is now seeking legal opinion on the proposed tariff increase for offal as part of the effort to combat technical smuggling of pork and poultry products, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the department is now studying the proposal to…

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Philex Mining Corp. on Wednesday said that it has asked government regulators to lift the suspension order on its operations at Padcal copper-gold mine, following months of rehabilitation and cleanup operations in the areas affected by the tailings leak. In an interview during company’s annual stockholders meeting, Philex Mining Chairman…

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The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is launching a massive pest control program in key coconut producing areas in Calabarzon region to control the outbreak of scale insects. Dubbed as Sama-samang Aksyon ng Gobyerno, Industriya at Pamayanan (Sagip), the P41.2-million program aims to eradicate scale insect infestation through massive and simultaneous…