Urban goes green

February 8, 2015 by · Comments Off on Urban goes green 

150207113353Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries, inspect the rows of plastic drums planted with lettuce and other green leafy vegetables at the newly launched urban agriculture project established at BF Homes, Las PiÒas City. The project, which is under a partnership of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, aims to provide additional source of fresh and safe food and extra income for urban residents. (PNA photo courtesy by DA)LAM/gsc

Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) Locator Map

February 7, 2015 by · Comments Off on Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) Locator Map 

150206181305Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala lead the unveiling of the Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) Locator Map during the launching of the DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources national program to build 252 CFLCs nationwide on Friday (Feb. 6, 2015) at Oasis Hotel in Tanza, Cavite. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)
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DA-11 strengthens Panama disease management, allots P102-M budget

February 5, 2015 by · Comments Off on DA-11 strengthens Panama disease management, allots P102-M budget 

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 4 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 11 has allotted a total of P102 million budget to combat Fusariumwilt or Panama disease for this year.

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Empowering farmers as service providers in Iloilo and Capiz

February 5, 2015 by · Comments Off on Empowering farmers as service providers in Iloilo and Capiz 

150204171043Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (left) awards to the members of the Jolongahog Communal Irrigatorsí Association of Pontevedra, Capiz one unit each of a four-wheel drive tractor with implements and combine harvester with a total amount of P3.8 million on January 30, 2015. The implements were awarded under the Department of Agricultureís Farm Service Provider Program, which encourages cooperative members to be farmer-businessmen. The program also empowers farmers to be instrumental in the mechanization and modernization of rice lands and assist small farmers in their production. During the event, DA turned-over a total of 168 farm implements and machinery to local government units and organized farm groups of Iloilo and Capiz amounting to more than P75M.(PNA photo courtesy of DA)LAM/gsc

Private sector support vital to PHL agribusiness development –Alcala

January 28, 2015 by · Comments Off on Private sector support vital to PHL agribusiness development –Alcala 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said on Tuesday that while the government is keen on creating an efficient business environment to increase earnings and competitiveness of local farmers, assistance from the private sector remains essential for the agriculture sector to be competitive in foreign markets.

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Sweeter pineapple variety

January 20, 2015 by · Comments Off on Sweeter pineapple variety 

150119192643Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Neric O. Acosta harvest the ULAM variety sweet pineapple in an experimental farm in Domoit, Lucena City, Quezon. The variety which was bred by the latterís father, scientist Dr. Juan Acosta, which bested two other varieties planted in the farm for sweetness can be grown in raised bed and shorter distances. During the harvest festival ceremony, Sec. Alcala urged the DAís High Value Crops Development Program to come up with a plan that will distribute to farmers planting materials of the variety to produce better quality and allow them to earn more. (PNA photo courtesy by DA)LAM/gsc