BRIGHT LEAF AGRICULTURE JOURNALISM AWARDS
AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR
By: Edgardo Espiritu
Philippine Daily Inquirer
TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR
"The Best Among the Best"
By: Andy Zapata
The Philippines Star
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - While the world's leaders are scratching their heads and expensive think tanks wrack their brains trying to find answers to global warming and food security, a nongovernment organization here is propagating a solution that hit these two problems at one go, but has not talked much about its successes.
MANILA, Philippines - The Agro-Industrial Productivity Exponents (APEX) and the Philippine Association of Tobacco-Based Cooperatives (PATCO), the biggest organizations of tobacco farmers in the country, said the tobacco industry is more than just for cigarette making as they took exception to Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral's claim that the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) was being "inadvertently used" by tobacco companies to circumvent law by undertaking programs with them to promote their interest.
TO help achieve the country's rice self-sufficiency targets, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is pinning its hope on ratooning, a technology that regenerates the growth of new rice tillers after harvest.
The DA is eyeing to promote the technology, which can be applied after the first cropping season, and will replicate the best practices from towns that practice ratooning.
"Ugly as you may see it but sea cucumber is a delicious and nutritious delicacy," said Dr. Marie Antonette R. Juinio-Menez, professor from the University of the Philippines Diliman-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) and project leader of a sea cucumber research program based in Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Francia Tolentino-Azuela of Calabanga, Camarines Sur still recalls her disappointment when she and her husband failed to buy in cash their dream farm equipment to welcome the new year. To facilitate easier farming, they had planned to cash out for a land master - a machine used for land preparation, from their expected income for the wet season.