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New irrigation systems in Camarines Sur will benefit 2,532 farmers tilling 1,963.12 hectares of agricultural land in the province, the National Immigration Administration says.

The projects, inuagurated in late July, include the P26.160-million Pump House and Farm Pond at Tigman- Hinagyanan-Inarihan River Irrigation System (THIRIS) in Calabanga; P14.077-million Punta Diamante Pump Irrigation System in Canaman and the P6.686-million rehabilitated Taisan CIS Dam (Sibagat Small Reservoir Irrigation Project) in Minalabac.

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The government should focus on empowering communities towards providing their nutritional needs and not on promoting Golden Rice, a genetically modified rice meant to address Vitamin A Deficency, NGO Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE) says in a release.

SEARICE says the Department of Agriculture's decision to allow the commercialization of Golden Rice was done without proper public constultation. It also says the supposed benefits of the beta carotene in the rice are marginal.

"Before it reaches the table only a marginal concentration of beta-carotene is retained in the grain after milling, storage, washing and cooking. Additionally, for the beta-carotene to be absorbed by the body, as it is fat-soluble, it is dependent on the availability of a whole range food sources to targeted populations experiencing chronic nutrition insecurity," the group says.

It says it would be better to reform food systems to allow communities to plant a variety of crops that will help them address their nutritional needs instead of focusing on one crop.

"Golden Rice is yet another hit-or-miss relying on the benevolent innocence of its proponents. It fails to recognize and intentionally avoids upsetting political and social structures that are the very reasons why food, nutrition and livelihood insecurity persist with the historically neglected agricultural sector and rural communities. We have to redirect state resources to their needs, tackle agrarian reform and create spaces for sustainability and community empowerment," Cid Ryan Manalo, SEARICE program manager for policy, says in the release. 

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Thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators defied a court-ordered protest ban on Sunday and gathered in the streets of Berlin, resulting in scuffles with police.

Police said some protesters had "harassed and attacked" officers and ignored roadblocks, disrupting traffic in parts of the German capital.

"They tried to break through the police chain and pull out our colleagues. This led to the use of irritants, batons and physical violence," Berlin police tweeted.

A police spokesman said some 5,000 protesters had turned out. More than 600 were detained. — AFP

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Rebeca Andrade, the all-around silver medallist, went one better when succeeding the absent Simone Biles as women's vault champion at the Olympics on Sunday.

In silver came Mykayla Skinner, who took Biles's place in the final after the American superstar pulled out with "the twisties", a condition where gymnasts lose the ability to orientate themselves in mid-air.

The bronze went to Yeo Seo-jeong of South Korea. — AFP

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The Philippines logs 8,735 new coronavirus infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,597,689.

Ngayong 4 PM, Agosto 1, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 8,735 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19. Samantala ay mayroon namang naitalang 5,930 na gumaling at 127 na pumanaw.

Sa kabuuang bilang ng mga naitalang kaso sa bansa, 4.0% (63,646) ang aktibong kaso, pic.twitter.com/t3ryStpmih

— Department of Health (@DOHgovph) August 1, 2021
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Myanmar's junta chief says Sunday that elections would be held and a state of emergency lifted by August 2023, extending the military's initial timeline given when it deposed Aung San Suu Kyi six months ago.

The country has been in turmoil since the army ousted the civilian leader in February, launching a bloody crackdown on dissent that has killed more than 900 people according to a local monitoring group.

A resurgent virus wave has also amplified havoc, with many hospitals empty of pro-democracy medical staff, and the World Bank has forecast the economy will contract by up to 18 percent. — AFP

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The government should focus on empowering communities towards providing their nutritional needs and not on promoting Golden Rice, a genetically modified rice meant to address Vitamin A Deficency, NGO Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE) says in a release. SEARICE says the Department of Agriculture's decision to allow the commercialization of Golden Rice was done without proper public constultation. It also says the supposed benefits of the beta carotene in the rice are marginal. "Before it reaches the table only a marginal concentration of beta-carotene is retained in the grain after milling, storage, washing and cooking. Additionally, for the beta-carotene to be absorbed by the body, as it is fat-soluble, it is dependent on the availability of a whole range food sources to targeted populations experiencing chronic nutrition insecurity," the group says. It says it would be better to reform food systems to allow communities to plant a variety of crops that will help them address their nutritional needs instead of focusing on one crop. "Golden Rice is yet another hit-or-miss relying on the benevolent innocence of its proponents. It fails to recognize and intentionally avoids upsetting political and social structures that are the very reasons why food, nutrition and livelihood insecurity persist with the historically neglected agricultural sector and rural communities. We have to redirect state resources to their needs, tackle agrarian reform and create spaces for sustainability and community empowerment," Cid Ryan Manalo, SEARICE program manager for policy, says in the release. 

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