Access roads for upland farms completed in Ifugao province

THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have completed and turned over new access roads in Banaue, Mayoyao, and Lagawe in Ifugao province to support upland farmers.

Agrarian reform beneficiaries to get aid in accessing markets

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it is planning to strengthen the links between agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and their markets, particularly for those growing rice, corn, coconut, and livestock.

India free food program for poor to cost $10 billion if extended

NEW DELHI — India is likely to extend its free food program for the poor by three to six months, CNBC TV18 reported, a move that could cost the government $10 billion more and make it challenging for it to meet its fiscal deficit target.

Nearly 1 million people face starvation, UN says

LONDON — Nearly one million people in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen are starving or will face starvation this year in the absence of aid, as the global food crisis worsens, United Nations (UN) agencies warned.

PCCI backs agri focus for infrastructure program

THE Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said it supports adjustments to the infrastructure program to prioritize the needs of agriculture.

DAR to train land reform beneficiaries via pilot farm network

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it is launching a program to train agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in new farming technology via a network of demonstration farms.

Indonesia mangrove restoration engages coastal villagers

SEMARANG, Indonesia — In a coastal community on Indonesia’s Java island, villagers must constantly take soil and stones to local graveyards to secure the resting places of their dead friends and relatives — fearful that frequent flooding will sweep away the deceased.

Salt industry output seen held back by reclamation, import competition

THE salt industry is unable to boost production due to the reclamation of shoreline and competition from imports, an organization of farmers said. 

Labor dearth set up Malaysia for 3rd year of palm oil losses

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian palm oil planters are letting thousands of tons of fruits rot as the third year of a worker shortage has left companies unable to increase their harvesting during the peak production season.

Gas shortages hit Dutch greenhouses

GRUBBENVORST, Netherlands — Greenhouse owner Pieter Wijnen would like to focus on growing vegetables, but since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, his life has revolved around gas and electricity prices rather than his red and yellow bell peppers or mini cucumbers.

Garlic crop needs to be fortified against pests, agri chamber says

THE domestic garlic crop needs to be made more resilient against pests and diseases to ensure adequate supply, an industry official said.

Carabao meat being positioned as potential beef substitute

THE Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) is projecting a ready market for carabao (water buffalo) meat, calling the commodity a viable substitute for beef in terms of taste and yields.
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