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Something good is brewing at Figaro’s
by Rocel Felix - September 10, 2006 - 12:00am
AMADEO, Cavite — Coffee farmers here are perked up about their barako coffee. For the first time in nearly 20 years, they will have a chance to go back to the export market, and in a "wild, organic...
RP seeks compensation for tariff losses from EU
by Rocel Felix - September 4, 2006 - 12:00am
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato — The country’s tuna sector will be seeking compensation from the European Union (EU) for the loss of the preferential tariff for its canned tuna exports when the world’s...
Dole Phils plans blueberry farm in Sarangani
by Rocel Felix - September 4, 2006 - 12:00am
ALABEL, Sarangani – Pineapple giant Dole Philippines is planning to develop an initial 20 hectares of blueberry farms in Sarangani. "This would be the first blueberry farm of Dole in the country and...
RP’s tuna capital reels from soaring oil prices
by Rocel Felix - September 3, 2006 - 12:00am
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato – The country’s tuna capital is reeling from soaring oil prices. "In the last year, our operating costs have gone up drastically because of the incessant rise...
RP seeks to expand tuna fishing grounds
by Rocel Felix - September 2, 2006 - 12:00am
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, So. Cotabato – Agriculture Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban said the government is initiating separate bilateral agreements with several countries in the region to expand the local tuna industry’s...
Toyo Eng’g plans multi-billion peso biodiesel project in RP
by Rocel Felix - September 1, 2006 - 12:00am
Japanese firm Toyo Engineering Corp.’s (TEC) plans to put up an integrated coco methyl-ester (CME) manufacturing plant in Region I faces delay as the company has yet to raise funds for a feasibility study....
PL 480 proceeds to fund bird flu prevention effort
by Rocel Felix - August 31, 2006 - 12:00am
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is channeling part of the $20-million proceeds from the 2007 US Public Law 480 rice loan to bird-flu prevention and control measures. "A portion of the proceeds from the rice...
Biotech firm eyes contract growing scheme with indigenous people
by Rocel Felix - August 30, 2006 - 12:00am
Local biotech firm Secura Plant Genetics Inc. is eyeing contract growing arrangements with Mindanao’s indigenous people (IP) to supply natural ingredients or valuable plant resources for food, pharmaceuticals,...
Mango exporters get reprieve in China
by Rocel Felix - August 30, 2006 - 12:00am
Mango exporters are getting a reprieve with China’s decision to continue allowing even after Sept. 1 the shipment of fresh mangoes from the Philippines that have not undergone vapor heat treatment (VHT). Agriculture...
$2-M Asean fund to wipe out animal diseases pushed
by Rocel Felix - August 30, 2006 - 12:00am
Senior agriculture officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are expected to push for a $2-million fund to wipe out animal diseases in the region, particularly avian influenza (AI) or bird flu. Dr....
Figaro Coffee prepares for initial public offering
by Rocel Felix - August 28, 2006 - 12:00am
Fast-growing local coffee chain Figaro Coffee Co., is gearing up for its planned listing in both the local and international stock exchanges in the next three to five years. "We are seriously studying...
Asean agri heads tackle EU fishery rule
by Rocel Felix - August 28, 2006 - 12:00am
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) are meeting in Tagbilaran, Bohol this week to come up with a unified stand to counteract European Union’s (EU)...
PCA sets separate standards for flavored VCO
by Rocel Felix - August 28, 2006 - 12:00am
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is creating separate quality standards for flavored virgin coconut oil (VCO). Carlos Carpio, PCA deputy administrator for research and development said establishing...
China urges RP to upgrade fish ports
by Rocel Felix - August 27, 2006 - 12:00am
China is urging the Philippines to use the balance of a $100-million loan to fund the upgrading of several old fish ports currently being managed by the Philipppine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA). PFDA...
DENR approves Rapu-Rapu test run
by Rocel Felix - August 26, 2006 - 12:00am
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has given the go signal for Rapu-Rapu Processing Inc. (RRPI), the local subsidiary of Australian mining company Lafayette Mining Ltd., to start the third...
PCA wants tariff on palm oil retained at 5%
by Rocel Felix - August 25, 2006 - 12:00am
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will push for the retention of the five-percent tariff on imported palm oil after all tariffs are brought down to zero percent by 2010 under the Association of Southeast Asian...
RP nixes Japan’s request for genetic materials of small banana varieties
by Rocel Felix - August 23, 2006 - 12:00am
The Philippines turned down Japan’s request for samples of genetic materials of small banana varieties intended for the Japanese market. "Japan has asked for genetic materials of the crop but it is a demand...
BSP tightens rules on sale of insurance products by banks
by Rocel Felix - August 21, 2006 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued a memorandum that calls for banks to seek approval of the sale of insurance products. The memo, signed by BSP Deputy Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr., notified...
DA tightens rules on meat imports
by Rocel Felix - August 21, 2006 - 12:00am
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is tightening rules for the entry of imported meat products in the Philippines and will be requiring the accreditation of foreign meat establishments (FMEs) possibly by...
BSP: Strong peso to keep inflation rate, fuel prices manageable
by Rocel Felix - August 21, 2006 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the sturdy peso will keep the inflation rate and pump prices within manageable levels for the rest of the year. BSP deputy governor Diwa Guinigundo noted that...
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