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PH to recognize farmers, fishers

THE House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a proposal to declare every May 15 as National Farmers and Fisherfolk Day in recognition of the important role and contribution of Filipino farmers and fisherfolk to the development of the country.
The House passed House Bill 4478 which enjoins the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), all state universities and colleges, and local government units (LGUs) to implement activities in celebration of the annual Farmers and Fisherfolk Day.

APEC to develop insurance market

MEMBER economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have reached a consensus to develop the region’s insurance market for the agriculture sector, small households, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to shield them from the effects of natural calamities, a finance official said on Friday.
Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran, who chaired the day’s session on financial resiliency which is part of the APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting, said there is broad support towards deepening insurance markets to ensure that these sectors are protected.
Beltran said that during the meeting, it was mentioned that losses from disasters in the Asia-Pacific region are estimated at $200 billion each year, hence the need for regional insurance coverage.
“And only less than a half of this is insured. So, there is a big market out there that needs some protection from natural disasters and we need to develop the markets that will allow them to be protected,” he told reporters during a press conference after wrapping up the meeting in Tagaytay City.
For his part, Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo discussed the Cebu Action Plan (CAP) that will be launched in Cebu this September.
The Cebu Action Plan has four pillars: financial integration, fiscal transparency and policy reform, financial resiliency, and infrastructure development and financing.
When asked by reporters regarding the timetable to implement the CAP, Guingundo said the first two could be done over the short term.
He further said that urban development is a whole process of urbanization and thus, the corresponding infrastructure component will have to be prepared in terms of sharing knowledge of innovative financing for sustainable urban development.
The APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting tackled financial resiliency and infrastructure development and financing on Friday, the last day of the meeting.

Typhoon-hit Philippines rising from ruins

AROUND 56,500 rice farmers in Central Philippines were able to harvest their first crop seven months after typhoon Yolanda hit the region, even as the Department of Agriculture‘s (DA) “UmaAhon” Initiative reported that its clearing operations between March and May 27 made some 3,500 hectares of damaged farms ready for planting again.
“UmaAhon” means rising, “Uma” farm and “Ahon” to rise.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that based on the initial data provided by DA Regional Field Unit 8, at least 96 per cent of the 55,280 hectares of rice lands planted to certified seeds under the Yolanda rehabilitation program were already harvested as of last month.
According to Alcala, there were farmers “that are seeing much higher yields than the usual, largely because of the timely provision production inputs, coupled with their hard work and can-do attitude.” Farmers under the rehabilitation program received certified rice seeds and urea fertilizer in time for the December-January planting season.

Philippine senator: Let’s help rice farmers

TO achieve the goal of rice self-sufficiency, Philippine Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday called on his colleagues to pass a bill for the benefit of farmers throughout the country by providing them rehabilitated irrigation projects.
Marcos learned during the Senate public works committee hearing on Senate Bill No. 14 or National Irrigation Program of 2013 and SB No. 34 or Accelerated Irrigation Act that out of 3.1 million hectares of irrigable lands, only 1.7 million hectares have complete irrigation systems.
”This (bill) is very important because if we have no enough irrigation system, we cannot achieve our target of rice self-sufficiency,” Marcos said after the public hearing.

Our coconut industry

Towards a strategy of survival, stability and growth for our coconut industry

By Reynaldo B. Almenario, Benjamin S. Rañeses, Jr. and Willie Chua


LOST in the euphoria over an economy growing 7% is the grim reality that our coconut industry has again fallen into the doldrums. The price of copra has reportedly dropped to Php14.00 a kilo in many parts of the country.
The situation could be worse in Northern Samar, a hotbed of insurgency. In November last year, Rep. Emil Ong, as quoted by the PDI (Nov. 19, 2012), reported that a kilo of copra fetched only Php4.00 in the barangays and Php7.00 in the towns across the province. Where do these prices leave some 3.5 million of our coconut farmers?