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2014 Winners

AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR

"Frostlandia"

By: Harley Palangchao

Baguio Midland Courier

TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR

"Leaves of Gold"

By: Mauricio Victa

Business Mirror

 

 

AGRICULTURE STORY OF THE YEAR
“Fish in troubled waters”
Cherry Ann T. Lim and Liberty Pinili
Sun Star Cebu.

 

This is a three part series that was published in June 2014.  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”
By Gabriel Cardinoza
Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

A feature story that narrates the devotion and labor the Pangasinan farmers put in each tobacco farming season to have a good harvest. For decades, they planted tobacco after every rice cropping season. It tells the story of hope especially after the government’s recent pronouncement that tobacco farmers should directly benefit from the excise tax collected from cigarette manufacturers. 

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE TV PROGRAM/SEGMENT
"Father’s Day Episode"
Agri Tayo Dito
Produced by Karren Verona
ABS-CBN Davao.

 

This is an episode of the show Agri Tayo Dito that 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 another 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 a lot 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/SEGMENT
“Panahon”
Bida Specials
Malu Cadelina Manar
DXND Kidapawan City

 

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”
By Gabriel Cardinoza
Philippine Daily Inquirer.

 

A news report on the fast-dwindling carabao population in Pangasinan and how the government is dealing with it.  The carabao population 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 P26Million”
By Flornisa Gitgano
Sun Star Cebu.

 

The recounting of the events last January when 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 P26 million worth of crops and livestock were lost in the Province including Cebu City.  The Provincial veterinarian and agriculturist immediately did measures to address the losses. The Cebu Capitol distributed high-valued crops and advised livestock owners to provide shelter to the animals.

 

 

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BEST AGRICULTURE FEATURE STORY (NATIONAL)
“The Prospects of swine industry in the Philippines”
By Henrylito Tacio
Marid Agribusiness Magazine.

 

This is an article about the success of the swine industry in the Philippines.  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 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”
By Cherry Ann T. Lim
Sun Star Cebu.

 

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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