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Pinoy Farmers Brace for Better Income with the USDA-Backed Cold Chain Venture

A pivotal venture by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service’s (USDA/FAS) Food for Progress was launched in February 7. Dubbed as the Philippines Cold Chain Project (PCCP), this USDA-backed project seeks to aid Filipino farmers earn additional earnings by improving performance and food safety while lessening losses when transporting their products.The job will be implemented in the Caraga Region. Caraga, which has Butuan City as regional center, is composed of the provinces of Surigao del

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Mindanao Secures Agricultural Funding from Australia

The areas in conflict in Mindanao have drawn researchers from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University to look into the possibility of fixing the throes of poverty there by boosting its agricultural sector. With the help of the Australian government and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), they are planning roll up AU$1.4 million grant to cultivate an innovative agricultural extension framework which may be used by Mindanao communities and agencies that

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More Free Online Courses at PalayAralan.com

A total of 11 free rice production courses are now available at Palayaralan Website . Among these are Management of Armyworm and Cutworm, Rice Postproduction Technologies, Minus-One Element Techniques, Nitrogen Fertilizer Management using LCC, Production and Use of Rice Straw-based Organic Fertilizer, Management Options for Golden Kuhol, Management of Rice Blast Disease, Management of Rice Black Bugs, Modified Dapog Technology, Controlled Irrigation, and Management Option for Ricefield weeds. Modules are designed and packaged in a

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KEC7: ICTs for Better Life

The Philippine Community e-Center Network (PhilCeCNet), DOST-Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO), and National Computer Center (NCC) spearheaded the 7th Knowledge Exchange Conference (KEC7) in Baguio City on November 22-23, 2011. KEC7 was themed Self-reliant Community e-Centers (CeCs) for Self-reliant communities. This highlights empowerment and sustainability of e-Centers nationwide, providing services for agriculture, disaster management, education, and enterprise development through information and communication technologies (ICTs). The KEC7 was participated in by at least 300 knowledge

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Aurora Students Ready for ICT

“Nung nalaman naming na tuturuan kami sa paggamit ng computer, sobra po akong excited. Hindi lang pala, paglalaro ang pwedeng gawin sa computer. Pwede rin mag-research, mag-type ng mga projects at maraming pang iba.” (When we learned that we will be trained on how to use the computer, I was very excited. Computer is not just about playing games, we can also do research, encode our project, and many more), said Ian Karl Dumlao, Grade

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Pinoy Rice Knowledge Bank to Offer More Localized Learning Modules

Pinoy Rice Knowledge Bank now consists of 712 handouts and technology guides in English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Iluko, Cebuano, and Pampango. These are on top of other resources such as videos, interactive modules, photos, recipes, and more. On September 15-16, 2011, Pinoy Rice Knowledge Bank Technology Updates and Translation workshop was conducted in DA RFU XIII (CARAGA). Through this activity, local agriculturists, and farmer leaders with PhilRice specialists translated selected PalayCheck learning modules (powerpoint presentations) into

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Dilasag Farmers to Try New Rice Varieties

Availability of good seeds is one; to know the type of rice varieties that best suit their town is another. These are but two of the factors that prodded the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (OPAPA) to help the farmers facilitate variety trial demonstrations in Dilasag, Aurora. With the assistance from the local government of Dilasag, and through the Aurora E-village project, OPAPA selected six farmer cooperators from Brgy. Diniog, Brgy. Diagyan, and Brgy. Manguitahan.

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OPAPA wins AGFUND International Prize 2010

In its 7th year of existence, the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (OPAPA) has finally received international recognition as it was declared the best project for the Third Category Prize of the 2010 Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) International Prize for Pioneering Human Development. This category is ‘dedicated to the role of governments’ ministries and public institutions in adoption of new innovations to enhance the application of ICT for the development of remote and

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How Are Your Rice Plants Today? – PhilRice Text Center

The PhilRice Text Center (PTC) is not resting on its laurels. Aside from responding to queries of at most 100 texters every day, PTC also asks farmers in provinces about the current condition of their rice plants. The question, “Kamusta ang palay nyo?” (How are your rice plants?) was first sent to registered farmers in Northwest Luzon (La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra and Apayao), in Northeast Luzon (Isabela, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino), and

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Mindanao Farmers Laud Newest PFTC Service

The Pinoy Rice Farmers’ Text Center (PFTC) received more than 300 messages inquiring about rice varietal characteristics on June 30 alone. This is after OPAPA-Midsayap sent a rice tip informing Mindanao farmers of the newest PFTC service that automatically provides varietal characteristics. RICE TIP: Alamin ang characteristics ng gus2 mong variety. Example, gus2 mo ang NSIC Rc160. I-type lng Rc160 (walang space), at ipadala sa # na ito. –PhilRiceFarmers attest to the convenience of the

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