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Will Banning the Use of "Sinandomeng" and "Angelica" to Market Certain Types of Rice Lead to Lower Prices?

Agriculture secretary targets allegedly incorrect varietal names to stop overpricing

The National Food Authority Council (NFAC), the inter-agency advisory body that is tasked with stabilizing rice prices, has approved Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol’s proposal to stop rice traders from selling their products under allegedly false or non-existing varieties.The widespread practice of marketing ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 08, 2018 05:00:00
Business Ideas

Nueva Ecija Farmer Makes a Quick Buck Growing Cucumbers for Unilever's Lady's Choice Dressings

Ramon Palomo grosses Php120,000 per hectare just a little over a month after planting the high-value crop

Ramon Palomo (right) was tapped by Sunrich Manufacturing Corp. to lead some of the farmers who are part of Unilever Philippines' resilience program in Nueva EcijaMany farmers’ working lives are defined by crop and livestock cycles that last almost a year. From land ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 04, 2018 09:00:00
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Did You Know Dr. Jose P. Rizal Was an Entrepreneur, Too?

The country's national hero engaged in business ventures while exiled in Dapitan

Jose Paciano Rizal bore many titles in his short 35-year life. He was popularly known as a writer, an ophthalmologist, a multi-linguist and a reformist against the Spanish colonizers. But many accounts of his life say that Rizal engaged in many more ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | December 30, 2017 09:00:00
Business Ideas

From Php15K to Php20M: How a Davao Del Sur Scrap Metal Collector Became a Prime Maker of Farm Machines

When you’re poor, you have no time to waste on frustrations or thoughts of giving up

When the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced the national recipient of its 2017 Best Adopter Award for the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) in July, nobody was more surprised than the winner—a farm equipment fabricator based in Digos, Davao ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | November 10, 2017 11:00:00
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What are the Most Profitable Farm Products to Grow in the Philippines?

Majority of the commodities that have the highest average net return in the country are vegetables

Each year, provincial agricultural statisticians of the Department of Agriculture gather information on the revenues and costs of growing more than 30 farm products all over the Philippines.The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) then compiles all the information gathered in a database called ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | September 15, 2017 11:00:00
Run & Grow

Started as a Hobby, Bonsai Growing Grosses This Nueva Ecija Farmer 10 Times His Costs

With materials costing only Php500, you can sell your bonsai for Php5,000, says Edwin Dela Cruz

Edwin Dela Cruz was happy being a farmer and selling his goods at a local market in Nueva Ecija. It was in 2011 when he was invited by a friend to join the Facebook group, South Nueva Ecija Bonsai Lovers. Reading about ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | September 14, 2017 09:00:00
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Cebu Inmates Dance But Davao Prisoners Grow Bananas For Export

So why are there moves to shut down the venture between Tadeco and the Davao penal colony?

Although it’s the second biggest penal facility by number of inmates in the Philippines, nothing much is known about the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF) in Davao del Norte province. Unlike Cebu City jail’s inmates, Davao penal colony prisoners aren’t internationally ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | August 23, 2017 03:00:00
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Bottom line: Duterte says commodity of crisis cripples PH

Plus, housing prices up 9.2% in Q1 2016.

In case you missed these two news items over the weekend:‘Commodity crisis’The Philippines is at the mercy of Southeast Asian countries that export rice, coffee, banana, among other agricultural products, said President-elect Rodrigo “Rody’ Duterte in his freewheeling speech during his victory ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | June 06, 2016 08:00:00
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Kick start your day, May 13: Duterte’s 8-point economic plan revealed

Plus, Monetary Board keeps interest rates steady and S&P warns PH on higher loans.

Duterte’s economic visionPresumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s transition team member Carlos Dominguez bared the incoming administration’s economic plan in a televised press conference on May 12, Thursday.“We will continue and maintain the country’s macroeconomic policy,” Dominguez said.The former cabinet member of Presidents Corazon ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | May 13, 2016 08:00:00
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VP bets zero in on ease of doing business, agri sector

The candidates echo their running mates' stand on these key issues in the latest GoNegosyo forum.

VICE PRESIDENTIABLES. From left: Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero of the Nationalist People's Coalition; Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo of the Liberal Party; Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. of the Nacionalista Party; and Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, also of the Nacionalista Party. Photo ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | March 15, 2016 05:00:00
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Grace Poe promises 'administration with compassion'

The presidential candidate also promises that if she wins, the traffic situation in Metro Manila would be improved within the year.

Amid the citizenship issues and disqualification cases, there is no stopping Senator Grace Poe in charming her way to Philippine presidency.In December last year, a day after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ruled her disqualified from the presidential race, Poe spoke before ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | February 13, 2016 06:00:00

How big data is shaping agriculture

Farmers are now using real-time information to increase land productivity.

For the past few years, big data has allowed businesses to harness information to produce insights that can lead to actionable solutions and strategies. Whether it is in healthcare, retail, or even politics, big data is being used to improve services and create ...

by Toni Antiporda  | February 04, 2016 12:00:00
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Agribusiness: Key to inclusive growth in the Philippines

Innovation is underutilized in the country's agriculture sector, agribusiness experts point out.

MANILA, Philippines – Inclusive growth in the Philippines must start with agriculture, the university researchers, policy makers, and social entrepreneurs present at the Philippine Government University Industry Research Roundtable (PGUIRR) meeting for agribusiness said on Thursday, January 21.Inclusive growth is one of ...

by Toni Antiporda  | January 22, 2016 04:00:00