AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR
DAVID CHAN LEPROZOÑAS
Manila Standard Today
A trader in La Trinidad, Benguets vegetable trading post sorts out freshly harvested Broccoli to be transported to other highland vegetable shops around the country.
TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR
"IN THE FIELD OF GREEN"
A moment in the life of a tobacco farmer as she is caught amidst the bright green leaves of the tobacco field.
Sun Star Cebu
“Beyond the fields” examines the conditions that lead children to work in sugarcane farms in Cebu. It shows how education, livelihood support and social protection for their families, provided under a non-government organization and local government partnership, can help remove children from this hazardous activity deemed one of the worst forms of child labor.
Sun Star Pampanga
The article chronicles the historical beginnings of the cultivation of tobacco in Central Luzon and its eventual establishment as one of the vital industries that shaped the country and the regions economy. The article dwells on the past economic and social impact of tobacco in Central Luzon and juxtaposes these with the vibrant prospects for tobacco cultivation-- if re-introduced as an industry the region. The many development possibilities for tobacco as a major component for fertilizer, paper production and fish cultivation were also discussed.
The town of Cateel, Davao Oriental was devastated by Typhoon Pablo in 2012. The Super Typhoon took away the town’s most important source of livelihood, agriculture. This episode visits the town and discovers how the Cateeleños have recovered from the effects of the Pablo and have found new hope in new agriculture products. It is a story of recovery, hope and new life.
DXCC RMN, Cagayan de Oro
This is a special report on the radio program, “Straight to the Point” that features Kagawad Honorio Cervantes, of Brgy. Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City who shares his advocacy on urban gardening using his innovative technique, Square Foot Gardening. This technique has already been proven and tested in the United States. Mr. Cervantes has modified the technique for the Philippine setting. He believes that through square foot gardening, concerns on space, food security, water conservation, climate change and food toxicity can be addressed.
Kalinga province’s identity as Cordillera region’s rice granary will be sustained as it endeavors to help the country attain rice sufficiency while endeavoring to still produce the tasty and good smelling rice variety- “Tabuk rice” that it is known for. Through government’s rice researches and developments, the highbred rice variety – a perfect fit for the local rice which is high yielding has been adopted by the Kalinga farmers for their farms, thus hitting two birds with one stone.
Baguio Midland Courier
The story tackles about the possibility of utilizing bamboo, with its many advantages, as a mitigating tool in times of calamities or disasters in Baguio City, a mountainous urban center that is disaster-prone, given its mountainous and mostly geographically at risk location. Awareness and information campaigns spearheaded by the Philippine Bamboo Foundation Inc. seem to be gaining headway with the willingness of the city government to explore bamboos potentials further for the welfare of its residents.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
This story talks about the scientists at the Philippine Rice Research Institute and their efforts to conserve traditional rice varieties, even those not being used anymore, through the “PhilRice Genebank” composed of the duplicated Philippine rice varieties at IRRI and from its own collection efforts. These seeds are “rejuvenated” or grown and stored again every five years. They have stored data for over 7,000 varieties but still have 13,000 varieties to be processed. These rice varieties are not only important as building blocks in breeding new ones but they are part of the national heritage as well.
This three-part series discusses the food shortage problems that the country faces in light of the growing population and the solutions that can be implemented. To address the issues of soil erosion, The Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center in Southern Mindanao has discovered Sloping Agricultural Land Technology. To answer the fish supply shortage, especially in the Davao Gulf, properly managed aquaculture. And finally, it also shows how biotechnology can address climate change, pesticide use and malnutrition. If used properly and responsibility, it may be the answer to the dwindling global food production.