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TienDA Malasakit outlet offering low-cost produce, opens in QC

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 28 September 2018 04:31 PM

After a successful launch in San Andres, Manila last week, the Department of Agriculture (DA) opened on Friday another outlet of its Tienda Malasakit Store in Quezon City.

Located at the DA’s compound along elliptical road, the Tienda Malasakit offers agricultural produce at farm gate prices.

Consumers promptly made a beeline for the rice stalls where commercial rice was being sold at p40 per kilo and NFA rice for P27 per kilo.

Shopper Lagrimas Flores was delighted with the DA’s initiative.

“Ang ganda ng ginawa nila.kasi lahat ng mabibili mo dito mura ng halaga simula sa isda prutas, lalo na sa bigas,” she said.

Other lower-priced goods include sugar at P48 per kilo; fruits and vegetables for up to P100 per kilo; and different types of fish such as bangus and tilapia, for not more than P150 per kilo.

The products are sold at a cheaper price because they are sourced directly from farmers in Central Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

A third Tienda Malasakit Store is set to open in Taguig City on October 13.

The initiative benefits not only consumers but also the vegetable farmers who supply Metro Manila.

“Ngayon medyo nabuhayan sila kasi andito na yung suporta ng gobyerno sa kanila… binigyan natin sila ng working capital na P20 million at saka bibigyan natin sila ng pautang. Tawag natin dito, production loan,” Region 10 OIC Regional Director Carlene Collado said.

More outlets are targeted to be opened in other areas of Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, the DA is continuously coordinating with local governments for the establishment of Tienda Malasakit stores in their respective localities. — Reynante Ponte

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EU market may revive PH’s ‘dying’ copra industry – DA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 11 March 2019 12:16 PM

FILE PHOTO: A pile of matured coconuts (niyog). Copra is dried coconut meat from which oil is obtained. (OLIVER JUAN / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) sees hope of reviving the country’s copra industry.

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said the agency is eyeing a partnership with a Monaco-based Russian firm to bring Philippine copra to the European Union (EU) market.

“A Monaco-based Russian businessman, Igor Malyshkov, whose friends and associates own a chain of 15,000 supermarkets in Eastern Europe including the Russian Federation has helped us open this huge market,” Piñol said.

The Secretary, however, clarified that he wants to make sure first that “only those who are willing to help the coconut farmers will be included in this Eastern European Marketing deal.”

Secretary Piñol appealed to the coco mill owners and traders last year to retain the buying price of copra to P25 per kilogram.

Those who adhere to this buying price, according to Piñol, will not be made part of the planned supply deal.

“If your buying price is below P25, as we have earlier agreed, you will be excluded from this supply deal in Eastern Europe,” he said.

“As the demand in Eastern Europe grows, we will also expect you to increase your buying price,” he added.

Meanwhile, the plan received support from copra traders who immediately declared their respective buying prices to the agency.

According to Piñol, he will ask the marketing group of the DA to monitor the buying price of copra.

He hopes that the industry will regain its market with the increase in demand of coco oil in Eastern Europe.

The Philippines is the second largest copra producer in the world with more than 150 million tonnes produced annually.

But Piñol recently reported that the price of copra in the country depreciated due to the increase in supply of palm oil in the past three years. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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DA assures loan assistance to farmers in view of El Niño

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 25 February 2019 11:19 AM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) assures support to local farmers in view of the effects of the El Niño phenomenon in the country.

Last week, the weather agency PAGASA announced that the country is likely to experience a full blown El Niño phenomenon this year.

At present, several areas in the western Mindanao are experiencing weak El Niño while other areas of the country are forecasted to experience the same starting June this year.

PAGASA also issued a map of areas possibly to be affected by the phenomenon.

“Kailangan pa ng ilang buwan pa para masabing full blown El Niño na siya. Iyon ang forecast pero ang condition nandiyan na,” said Undersecretary Renato Solidum.

According to the DA, each farmer will get 100 percent crop insurance once affected by the dry spell.

This is apart from the P25,000 security survival loan that they can avail from DA at zero interest and no collateral payable within three years.

The DA encourages farmers to coordinate with their regional office to know more about the crop insurance program of the government. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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Agri-business exposition seen to boost farmers’ income

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 4 October 2018 02:42 PM

More than 50 micro-agripreneurs and farmers are expected to convene at the upcoming Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Exposition (ASPIRE) in Butuan City on October 12-14

The agri-business exposition is a project of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

The event will feature various processed foods made from high-value crops called “emerging products”.

These include mushroom chicharon sold in several parts of the region.

The project aims to bring the agricultural products closer to consumers in an effort to boost additional income for farmers apart from growing their crops.

“Ito ang matatawag natin na mega exhibit dito sa Caraga kasi lahat ng agencies nandito, kahit kami nasa background lang, pero sasali kami dito kasi ang layon natin dito na ang ating farmers ay maging entrepreneurs at maging mga exporters”,” said DOST-CARAGA Assistant Regional Director Ricardo Varela.

Farmers’ product displays are free-of-charge. The agriculture department also confirmed that products are sold at affordable prices.

the DA said the intensified promotion of emerging agri-products is what sets the mega trade fair apart from all the previous fairs. — Raymond Octobre


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