Winners

AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR

"FLOSTLANDIA"

HARLEY PALANGCHAOÑ

Baguio Midland Courier

TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR

"LEAVES OF GOLD"

MAURICIO E. VICTA

Business Mirror

 

 

AGRICULTURE STORY OF THE YEAR
“FISH IN TROUBLED WATERS”
CHERRY ANN T. LIM AND LIBERTY PINILI
Sun Star Cebu

 

The Visayan Sea, one of the country’s major fishing grounds, is overfished at a degree where it is difficult for fish stocks to replenish. This threatens not just the livelihood of thousands of fisherfolk but also the country’s food security. The problem is complex and needs a package of solutions that includes rationalizing policies, law enforcement and resource management.

 

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TOBACCO STORY OF THE YEAR
“PANGASINAN FARMERS PIN HOPES ON TOBACCO”
GABRIEL CARDINOZA
Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

For decades, Pangasinan farmers planted tobacco as tenants or landowners after every rice cropping season. But every time, they have to borrow money from tobacco traders, who demand to be paid with tobacco at a price the traders dictated. With the government’s recent pronouncement that tobacco farmers should directly benefit from the excise tax, Pangasinan tobacco farmers only hope they will feel it.

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE TV PROGRAM OR SEGMENT
"FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL"
KARREN VERONA
ABS-CBN Davao
 

This episode of Agri Tayo Dito puts focus on Fathers and their sons. Mr. Emmanuel Belviz, Durian King of Davao together with his son Severino share the secrets to growing durian. In a special segment entitled Agri-Bida ang Tatay ko, Cirilo GApuz is featured. Needing to find ways to supplement his measly P130/month salary, Mr. Gapuz turned to grape farming. Through trial and error and lots of hardwork, Mr. Gapuz was able to build a home and put his kids through school. Now their grape farm is considered one of La Union’s finest.

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE RADIO PROGRAM OR SEGMENT
“PANAHON”
MALU CADELINA MANAR
DXND Kidapawan City

 

The Bright Leaf Awards for Radio Program or Segment goes to an episode of Bida Specials that reports on how the B’laans and the Moro people in the towns of Columbio and Esperanza in Sultan Kudarat cope with disasters using traditional knowledge and practices. It also addresses global warming and its impact on the environment and in the lives of the indigenous people of this area.

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE NEWS STORY NATIONAL
“CARABAO VANISHING IN PANGASINAN”
GABRIEL CARDINOZA
Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

The carabao population in Pangasinan was going down because the animals were being butchered for meat and meat products. To stop the threat, the provincial board enacted an ordinance regulating the sale and slaughter of female carabaos in the province. And the Philippine Carabao Center distributed foreign-bred carabaos to cooperatives and embarked on an information caravan.

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE NEWS STORY REGIONAL
“COLD WEATHER’S TOLL NOW P26M”
FLORNISA GITGANO
FLORNISA GITGANO

 

Last January the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration recorded the coldest temperature in Cebu this year, at 21.8 degrees Celsius. As a result, at least P26million worth of crops and livestock were lost in the Province including Cebu City. The Provincial veterinarian and agriculturist immediately did measures to prevent the loss. The Cebu Capitol distributed high-valued crops and advised livestock owners to give shelter to animals to reduce cold.

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE FEATURE STORY NATIONAL
“THE PROSPECTS OF SWINE INDUSTRY IN THE PHILIPPINES”
HENRYLITO TACIO
Marid Agribusiness Magazine

 

Backyard swine-raising can be a profitable venture due to the growing domestic market. However, there can also be some difficulties such as diseases, inadequate price control as well as flooding of cheap meat products from other countries. There are programs available to that can help solve existing issues and secure the income potential of swine raising.

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE FEATURE STORY REGIONAL
“BUG SLAY, NATURE’S WAY”
CHERRY ANN T. LIM
Sun Star Cebu

 

 

This is a special two-part report on farming and pesticides. The first part discusses the growing availability of alternatives to chemical pesticides but farmers are still resistant to its use or are not using it properly. The second part of the report is about the how the town of Dalaguete in Cebu is experiencing success in using natural pesticides on their crops. Dalaguete supplies 80 percent of the vegetables sold in Carbon Market, Cebu City’s largest public market.

 

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