Copra meal being studied for possible use in animal feed

A COPRA byproduct known as protein enriched copra meal (PECM) is being evaluated as a possible substitute for imported soybean-based feed for hogs and poultry, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Indian, Israeli agritech companies seeking Philippine partners

INDIAN and Israeli agricultural technology companies are exploring partnerships with Philippine companies that can implement their solutions offerings, diplomats from the two countries said at last week’s Davao Agri Trade Expo (DATE) 2022.

Changing weather patterns seen requiring adjustments to planting seasons, tech adoption

PLANTING SEASONS need to be adjusted and technology tapped to minimize farm damage from changing weather patterns, a former official with the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Forecast of heavy rains in October raises concern about India’s rice, wheat crops

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI — India is likely to receive above-average rainfall in October, an official with the state-run weather office said on Friday, posing risks for summer-sown crops such as rice and the planting of wheat.

Lives destroyed as armyworms invade Philippine ‘onion capital’

BAYAMBANG — In the northwestern Philippine town of Bayambang, long known as the onion capital of Pangasinan province, an invasion of the crop-devouring armyworms...

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.
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