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Banana farms to get P263-M fund in fight against Panama disease

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will set aside P262.7 million, partly from stimulus funds, for the banana industry, supporting measures to rehabilitate farms hit by Panama disease and develop disease-resistant varieties.

Virus adds to banana growers’ woes from global warming

SMALL FARMERS in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao skipped meals during prolonged droughts and typhoons as crop yields fell. Some of them were forced to sell their pigs, goats and cows, while others had to borrow money while cutting down on food on the table.

Banana exports projected to decline 20% in 2020

BANANA exports in 2020 are expected to decline 20% due to stronger competition, higher tariffs, and declining output and hectarage due to Panama disease, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) said.

Banana protest staged over removal of ‘indecent’ art

WARSAW — Around 1,000 people, many eating bananas to make their point, protested in front of Warsaw’s National Museum on Monday over a decision last week to remove artworks deemed “indecent” by the museum’s director.

Celebrating the best of Davao City

In celebrating the 82nd year of its cityhood, Davao City marks another year of progress and development. From a simple village composed of various...

DA signs deal with foreign investors for banana plantation in Mindanao

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has signed an agreement with a business group backed by Russian and Swiss investors to set up a banana plantation in Camp Abubakar, the main base of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao.

International Banana Conference opens today as PBGEA reiterates call for lower...

THE INTERNATIONAL Banana Conference, organized by the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport)-Region XI Chapter, starts today as the major industry players reiterated their call on government to negotiate for lower tariffs in export destination nations.

Banana exporters press for bilateral tariff deal with South Korea

BANANA GROWERS and exporters warned that the Philippines could lose its big share of the South Korean market within the next two years without a bilateral deal that will give zero tariff to the commodity.

PHL seeking greater SKorea market access for bananas

THE Philippines is considering a preferential trade agreement with South Korea to ease access for its banana exports, or may seek to include provisions for banana exports in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) free trade agreement.

Banana industry to investigate rejected Japan shipment

THE banana industry will investigate possible tampering involving Philippine banana exports to Japan, which led to the rejection by the Japanese of about 9,000...