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Why do we import agri-food commodities?

IT has become commonplace among our policymakers and media practitioners to complain why we keep on importing our food and agricultural requirements when the Philippines is an "agricultural country."

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Why fertiliser prices are soaring

As well as bringing devastation to Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s war risks tipping millions of people around the world into hunger. Russia and Ukraine supply 28% of globally traded wheat, 29% of the barley, 15% of the maize and 75% of the…

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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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President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.
Republic of the Philippines
Secretary, Department of Agriculture

Myer G. Mula, Ph. D.
Program Director

                  

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