AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR
"Between herons and farming"
By: ERWIN MASCARIñAS
Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro
TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR
By: ERWIN BELEO
This two-part series talks about how farmers in the Philippines are getting older and older each year while the younger generation is turning its back on this industry and how the Department of Agriculture, Department of Education and local schools are making the effort to make farming a viable, profitable and sustainable option for young Filipinos.
This article discusses the various by-products that can be derived from tobacco. The tobacco stalk is a good source of pulp for paper. Tobacco scrap can be used as an effective pesticide. Tobacco dust can be used in aquaculture. These by-products can provide additional income not only to the farmers but could also create new and profitable industries. The National Tobacco Administration and several private entities have already done extensive research on these by-products but still need additional support from the government and investment from the private sector.
DWCI-FM, Piddig, Ilocos Norte
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has ordered the updating of soil analysis data nationwide. Though this is best done in a laboratory, it is expensive and, due to limited number of labs with such capability, also difficult. This episode discusses the various methods that farmers can test the soil themselves using materials that can be easily found at home.
Agri Tayo Dito
This episode visits the town of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental and explores the rich natural wonders and the agriculture stories from the forests, farms and fisheries of this town in the southernmost tip of Mindanao.
The Manila Bulletin
A story about the Open Air Museum at the Nagacadan Rice Terraces in Kiangan, Ifugao. The musuem has made tourism the town’s second main source of income, next to agriculture. The museum is considered a “living cultural landscape” where the local community can continue the traditional culture of growing the Tinawon rice variety.
This is the story of the Bukidnon Iraynons, a community of indigenous people from Panay Island in Western Visayas. The Iraynons have spent the past 200 years protecting the rice terraces built by their ancestors. Through the tribe’s diligence and hard work, the Antique terraces has thrived and has not only provided food for the community but also their primary source of livelihood.
The Manila Bulletin
The article explains how the conversion of idle lots into dragon fruit plantations has made Ilocos Norte the dragon fruit capital of the Philippines. Dragon fruit is a zero waste fruit that contains high level of anti-oxidants and Vitamin C that can help prevent the formation of cancer cells, regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.
Benguet, long known for being the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines” is in danger of losing that title because the local vegetable farmers have been resistant to adopting modern farming technologies and interventions. The local farmer’s heavy use of chemicals and other types of fertilizers have caused the soil to become acidic and are making it more difficult to produce good quantity yield. Through the efforts of local agencies and the learning of young Benguet farmers sent to Japan for training, the province is now hopeful that there may be solutions for the local agriculture industry.