AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR
By: Wilfredo Lomibao,
Philippine Daily Inquirer
TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR
By: Erwin Beleo,
The Star Northern Dispatch
This five part series is an in-depth discussion about rice—from its history to the various types of rice grown all over the country to the Green Revolution and hybrid rice varieties to GMOs and to how rice became the staple food for most Filipinos. It explores the health disadvantages of high rice consumption and the programs that the government has taken to provide vitamin fortified rice to children. Finally, it discusses climate change and the strategies that have already been created to address this.
This story talks about all the practical and commercially viable uses that are being discovered for tobacco. It can also be used as a pond sanitizer, fertilizer, insecticie and molluscide. Tobacco can be a cheaper alternative for various agricultural applications so that no part of the tobacco plant would go to waste. This benefits the country’s tobacco growing areas and can provide additional income for tobacco farmers.
In this four part series, Agri Tayo Dito takes an in-depth look at Biotechnology. There has been massive public misperception on the safety Biotechnology to environment and health neglecting its full potential in improving the lives of many Filipinos. In this series, Agri Tayo Dito extensively discusses the facts, importance, benefits, issues, the future, and the science of Biotechnology and how it is considered as one of the shining hopes for our country’s food security and the agriculture sector.
This episode of Bida Specials focuses on the African Night Crawler or ANC Dormitel which was discovered by Julito Saladan, an agricultural technologist from Kidapawan City and how this discover helps in solid waste management in urban household.
This is the story of the Bird Flu outbreak in San Carlos, San Luis, Pampanga and how it continues to affect lives of poultry farmers a year later. It also talks aboout how the government handled the crisis and the changes they have made to policies and procedures for future outbreak.
This story talks about the importance of making the agriculture industry an attractive option for the youth. Benguet State University College of Agriculture is using computer softwares, models, and applications part of the college curriculum thus developing more progressive farmers who use science and technology rather than relying on old practicies.
This story shows how important it is to accurately determine the country’s rice consumption and the various factors that need to be considered. In the past, the studies being used yielded inconsistent information. Having updated data on the country’s rice supply and demand would help government policy makers. Now, government agencies have begun implenting more updated studies to get an accurate and more comprehensive picture of the country’s food consumption.
This article talks about the struggle of Filipino coffee farmers to meet the country’s demands. However, through the efforts of local and national government agencies to change the mindset of the Filipino coffee farmers, implement training programs and intercropping with coconut and pine trees the Philippine coffee industry should again be fully sufficient by 2021.
This is a story about a disaster-vulnerable and poor village in the Philippines’ Bicol region that is now starting on the path towards resilience, food security, and sustainable economic growth with help of “kiwot” bees.