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A training program was launched to improve productivity and promote livelihood development for about 20,000 farmers in the country. Monsanto Philippines’ SMART farm aims to teach smallholder corn growers in the country through farm management practices and the latest corn planting technologies. Sixteen demo farms across the country were established…

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Can the provincial government take the lead in modernizing and industrializing its agriculture sector? My answer would be a resounding “yes.” In March, I was tapped by the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) to help them in assisting the Pampanga provincial government to develop a framework for modernizing the province’s…

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LIKE in Metro Manila, the growing number of coffee shops in Isabela province is an indication that the coffee industry is enjoying a recovery. But in Isabela, corn coffee has its own loyal following. Corn, which abounds in Isabela province, is a source of a healthy coffee drink called Café…

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Twelve agri-tourism sites have been identified for integration into traditional eco-tourism sites as part of boosting farmers’ income and stirring up rural economic activity. In a move to put into effect the Farm Tourism Development Act (Republic Act 10816), farm tourism sites will be promoted by the Department of Tourism…

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There was a time when people thought ships that can talk are unlikely to become a reality. Vessels that would be able to tell their captains if they cannot sail through bad weather, or if their cargoes exceed their weight limit? But thanks to rapidly evolving technologies, building such ships…

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Roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) vessel operator Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp. (APFC) has signed a P1.726-billion loan from Landbank of the Philippines (Landbank) to finance its ship modernization and expansion program. “We are fortunate that Landbank is aligned with our vision to modernize the shipping industry, to connect the Philippines through ‘moving bridges,’…

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Global shipping consultancy company Drewry is expecting greater demand and supply in the container shipping market in 2018 and 2019, which would result in higher freight rates profit for carriers. In the firm’s Container Forecaster report, Drewry Senior Manager Simon Heaney said “the bad news for carriers is that they…

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The Philippines, while claiming to be the top supplier of seafarers to global shipping is at the same time endlessly facing the problem of lack of available berths for shipboard training to thousands of merchant marine students who completed their academic instructions. Shipboard training is part of the academic requirements…

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THE Philippine government-hosted South-east Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) said it is collaborating with state universities and colleges (SUCs) in building up struggling industries in the agriculture sector. Searca Director Gil Saguiguit Jr. said the first of its partnerships in the endeavor is with…

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Botanical experts have pressed for an update of the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) as they sought support for the potential use of 1,008 Philippines-endemic plant species that can be tapped for novel drugs development. TAMA, or Republic Act 8423, aimed to develop homegrown natural products through research and…

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