The Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes (PNFSP) is deeply alarmed over reports of “fake rice” circulating in public markets as of late. The synthetic rice reportedly came from China and is also being sold in other Southeast Asian countries.

 

This incident underscores the grave effects of trade liberalization, especially of agricultural products. Rice is our country’s staple food. The government should therefore not d...

Toxic

 

Dr. Saturnina Halos, chairman of the Department of Agriculture's Biotechnology Advisory Team, said in a forum on biofuels that jatropha contains neurotoxins capable of killing humans and animals. So far, there are two known cases of poisoning. In 2007, 21 grade school students in the island village of Tubigon, Bohol were rushed to hospital after they ate the fruit of the tuba-tuba, jatropha's local name. Another case of...

by Siegfred Valmones

 

Excitement enlivened the morning of March 17, 2008. Tani Ramirez couldn't contain her happiness as she watched her daughter rehearse for the graduation march. She shared her anticipation with other parents and visitors who were also awaiting for the ceremonies to begin.

 

“I am very happy today as this momentous occasion signals the beginning of a brighter future for our community,” Tani said.

 

Tani's daughte...

Bantay Bigas also pressed for adequate subsidies and support services for farmers. They further recommended that the government allocate adequate funds for agriculture and restore the P8 billion to P15 billion subsidy of the NFA.

 

Irrigation facilities should also be set up right away. In order to increase rice production, rice-processing facilities, rice dryers and other post harvest facilities should also be set up.

 

The NFA c...

PNFSP's food security work in project areas in the two sitios was interrupted due to typhoon Juan, which damaged the livelihood of the residents. People are now focused on looking for food, since the typhoon sent them back to square one.

 

“Food items were prioritized in the relief pack as food was immediately needed while community members worked to rebuild their homes.” said SACLAT assistant Bruce Dig.

 

The relief pack also con...

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