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Sigh of relief

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda slammed the Department of Agriculture for the unabated smuggling of agricultural products – such as vegetables, fruits and meat – calling the DA the “mother of all smuggling.”

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Smuggling and halitosis of the brain

LAST week, the Senate conducted another hearing on the issue of smuggling of agricultural products. As usual, it has practically become an inquisition session, with the usual detractors of the Department of Agriculture (DA) serving as "suki" resource persons. Notice…

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Food sufficiency, security and sovereignty

WHILE there is substantial overlap among the concepts of food sufficiency, food security and food sovereignty, they do depart in terms of the strategy they will adopt based on the ultimate goal that they want to achieve. Food sufficiency means…

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Rice Tariffication Law: Three years after

LAST March 19 was the third anniversary of the implementation of Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which is much maligned by Leftist and populist groups in the country. RTL's effectivity is for six years and, thus, last March 19 was the…

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Why can Bangladesh feed its people?

DHAKA, Bangladesh: How this poor developing country in South Asia is able to feed its people numbering around 170 million on a land area half the size of the Philippines has been a source of amazement and envy to me.…

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