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About 12 million Filipinos work in the agricultural sector. If the country can significantly increase its exports and imports of agricultural goods, agricultural provinces would generate much greater revenue, provide more employment opportunities, and lessen poverty in rural areas. This is especially important for Mindanao, the country's breadbasket that has great underdeveloped potential for agricultural exports.


The Philippine agricultural sector comprised 19% of GDP in 2009 and employed 34% of the labor force. Yet agricultural products made up only 8.3% of total Philippine commodity exports and Philippine agricultural exports were the smallest of the ASEAN-5. [ Read This Chapter ]


Philippine agriculture needs to explore fully the immense new market opportunities that AFTA and other new FTAs present for both traditional and new agricultural exports. The farming sector should be made more aware of these enhanced export opportunities.... [ Read This Chapter ]

New export winners lead growth

20 September, 2011 at 16:56

MANILA, Philippines — New winning export sectors have lifted Philippine exports for the month substantially compensating for the decline in the

Tuna industry should shift with times

19 September, 2011 at 14:06

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Ranking government officials have called on players in the multimillion-peso tuna industry to diversify in the face

Agri-Agra guidelines out

16 September, 2011 at 13:31

This is re-posted article. BANKS WILL need to set aside at least 25% of their total funds for lending to farmers, fisherfolk and agrarian reform

Agricultural development spells the difference

9 September, 2011 at 14:05

This is a re-posted opinion piece. “It’s agriculture, stupid!” That’s what we have to tell our economic leaders. If Thailand,

More coffee areas eyed to meet demand

8 September, 2011 at 12:37

THE PHILIPPINE Coffee Board, Inc. is eyeing the expansion of areas for planting coffee to bring production levels closer to demand. Alejandro C.

Fairyland all over again Part 2

7 September, 2011 at 11:51

This is a re-posted opinion piece. Last week I started to analyze the claims of success—Ganito Tayo Noon, Bakit Nagkaganito Ngayon (This was how

Philippines, China sign $60-B, 5-year dev’t program

2 September, 2011 at 15:41

Beijing—The Philippines and China on Wednesday agreed on a five-year development program for trade and economic cooperation that is expected to

RP positioned as creative hub

29 August, 2011 at 10:16

MANILA, Philippines — The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is intensifying its efforts to boost the country’s

The next 2,000 days

24 August, 2011 at 06:09

This is a re-posted opinion piece. MANILA, Philippines — There are about 2,190 days in a six-year presidential term. The first 100 days

Why PH needs a national land use...

22 August, 2011 at 04:11

This is an article repost. Various laws that affect farmers, indigenous peoples and companies overlap and confuse MANILA, Philippines – There

Sweet year for Philippine sugar planters

22 August, 2011 at 03:54

This is an article repost. This is going to be a sweet year for the country’s sugar industry. Enjoying a bumper harvest, the Philippines is

Solid first-half growth for agriculture sector

16 August, 2011 at 03:15

This is an article repost. DOUBLE-DIGIT output gains for the country’s main crops allowed the agriculture sector to post substantial growth in

The environment and Mindanao’s future

3 August, 2011 at 15:56

This is a re-posted opinion piece. Nowhere in the country has the economy-environment tradeoff been more evident than in Mindanao, whose natural

The President’s speech

1 August, 2011 at 08:41

This is an article repost. If the SONA had a theme, it would be to end what the President called the culture of entitlement in the country, as

The Aquino administration: a year after

29 July, 2011 at 03:55

This is an article repost. The Aquino administration has just marked its first year of holding the reins of government. Let me share with you the

DBM releases P3.43-B for rice sufficiency program

6 June, 2011 at 18:15

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P3.430 billion for the Aquino administration’s rice sufficiency program. The budget

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