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FRESH FARM PRODUCTS ON SALE AT BPI COMPOUND MANILA

As stated by Emmanuel Piñol, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Agriculture, the DAF (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) will established a market system in which Filipinos can buy directly products from farmers without middlemen. Fresh fish, dressed native chicken, fresh brown eggs, pork from native pigs, vegetables, rice direct from farmers cooperatives, fresh fruits, etc., including organic products like coco sugar, muscovado sugar and others will also be displayed in the market. Read Secretary Piñol’s post: In line with President Rody Duterte’s vision of Available and Affordable Food for the Filipinos, the Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries is now establishing a marketing...

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Go natural with processed food

MANILA, Philippines –  Is there such a thing as healthy, processed meat? The Department of Agriculture – Southern Tagalog Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-STIARC) in Lipa City gives a resounding yes to this question through a project on meat processing that makes use of herbs and spices instead of synthetic ingredients that are made up mostly of chemicals. With the high population of native pigs and native chicken in the province of Batangas, the project team figured that the meat from these native animals, once processed and enlivened by natural herbs and spices, would not only be a good match, but a downright healthy mix. Read more...

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Chairperson of FAO’s 4Oth Conference urges governments to invest in agriculture and support the organization’s work

30 June 2017, Rome – The Philippines’ Secretary for Agriculture and Chairperson of FAO 40th Conference, Emmanuel F. Piñol, today called for greater support and funding for FAO’s work given the crucial importance of food production for countries around the world. The talks took place ahead of the session in Rome of the FAO Conference, the organization’s governing body on 3-8 July. Read more...

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FARMER CHAIRS FAO MEETING ON HOW TO FEED THE WORLD By Manny Piñol

I had goosebumps when I stepped into the Plenary Hall of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations today. For six days starting Monday, July 3, I will sit as Chairman of the 40th Session of the Food and Agriculture (FAO) of the United Nations. The FAO Conference will be attended by 194 countries, 77 of which will be represented by Agriculture Ministers. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Pantoni will deliver keynote speeches during the opening ceremonies. Read more...

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The industry of piña fiber will be revived by the government

MANILA, Philippines – The red Spanish pineapple is one of the four varieties of pineapple that are being grown in the Philippines, along with smooth Cayenne or Hawaiian, Queen or Formosa, and Cabezona. But due to the fibrous, sweet and coarse taste of its fruit, the red Spanish pineapple is mainly grown for its fiber. Compared to the other varieties, the red Spanish fruit is relatively small weighing around 0.91-1.4 kg. Externally, it is orange-red while its fibrous flesh is pale yellow. The fruit turns hard when mature, and breaks off easily from its base during harvesting. This variety takes about 18 months to reach maturity and thrives well in open fields with sandy clay soil. The plant grows spiny leaves up to two meters in length which yield excellent fibers for handweaving. Read...

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