Abaca News

  • DAR AgNor And Stakeholders Empower Abaca Producers

    DAR AgNor And Stakeholders Empower Abaca Producers

    The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte conducted a Provincial Multi-Stakeholder Consultation and Complementation Workshop in pursuing the implementation of Project Converge on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE) held on December 6-7, 2016 in this city.

    Participants were from government partner agencies, who relayed their expert views of their programs and services.

    Farmer groups from TUJAKITSAN (Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago) cluster shared their experiences and practical solutions to extend several approaches to make ...

  • IPs Scale Up Abaca Enterprise In Sarangani Province

    IPs Scale Up Abaca Enterprise In Sarangani Province

    From their modest beginnings, the indigenous peoples (IP) here are set to venture into P35.7 million abaca enterprises.

    From merely selling 8 kilos of abaca hanks as initial product hand-carried by Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFida) technician to a buyer in Davao City, to the P250,000 assistance from the Department of Agriculture-Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRPD). Now, the United Maligang Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative(UMFMPC) is set to lead the multimillion venture with province-wide operation.

    "The goal of UMFMPC has always been to help abaca farmer ...

  • DA Works For Revival Of The Philippine Abaca

    DA Works For Revival Of The Philippine Abaca

    Agriculture Secretary Manny F. Piñol awards to the Sogod Municipal Government, represented by Mayor Imelda U. Tan, P50 million in funds to be used for an abaca nursery project, which aims to produce abaca suckers that will be dispersed in the whole of Region VIII.

    Under the supervision and close monitoring of the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFida), Sogod will produce healthy abaca plants, to be distributed to other municipalities.

    "This is part of the national plan of the government to revive the industry and address the shortage of abaca ...

  • Theres Money In Abaca

    Theres Money In Abaca

    For years, the Philippines was left with no listed national plant.

    With this, Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol is pushing for abaca to be declared as the country's national plant.

    Supporting his brother, Kidapawan City Vice Mayor Jun Piñol, the Agriculture secretary is keen on highlighting the strongest natural fiber and supporting his brother's proposal to Congress.

    Pinol quoted his brother argument that abaca apart from the fact that it naturally grows only in the Philippines, the plant also produces the strongest natural fiber in the world.

    "It is dis ...

  • Binahon Agroforestry Farm And Resource Center

    Binahon Agroforestry Farm And Resource Center

    Nestled on the foothills of Mount Dulang-dulang of the Kitanglad mountain ranges in Lantapan, Bukidnon, the Binahon Agroforestry Farm and Resource Center is an eight hectare organic farm that was toiled from a barren grassland where only cogon grass and weeds used to thrive. Mr. Henry and Mrs. Perla Binahon, natives of the province decided to leave their careers in the government as a forester and as animal Science expert at the DENR, and pursued the call to go back home to their native land to re-start their careers -- this time, as husband and wife farmers.

    The Binahons started their adve ...

  • Cacao To Be Planted In Panay Forest

    Cacao will be planted in 890 hectare-agro forestry area in Panay, a partnership among German international cooperation agency Gesselschaft fur InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ), Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines (Cocoaphil), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

    Edward David, Cocoaphil president, said the project will help beef up the country's cocoa production and seize export market. Cocoa global shortage is predicted at one million metric tons (MT) by 2020.

    "We are supporting Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Cacao Project by addressing cacao shortag ...