Posts made in October, 2013

DA allows field trials for GM crops

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            by Melody M. Aguiba October 29, 2013 (updated) The Department of Agriculture (DA) will allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops even as innovative technologies may potentially help solve pervasive problems like malnutrition, poverty, and hunger. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the government does not find any problem on allowing field trials of GM crops for as long as these follow rules such as testing within confined...

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PH to export corn grains for the first time on record harvest

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              by Melody M. Aguiba October 22, 2013 The Department of Agriculture (DA) on October 22 confirmed that for the first time the country is going to export of 100,000 metric tons (MT) of corn grains before year-end as surplus reaches to 234,000 MT on record corn harvest this year of 8.2 million metric tons despite damage wrought by recent typhoons. “Our computation is we have an excess of 200,000 tons. In 2012, some imported a little quantity of corn...

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DA eyes 8.2M metric tons record corn harvest

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            (from left) Roger Navarro, president of Philippine Maize Federation, Inc., Secretary Alcala, and DA Assistant Secretary, and national corn program coordinator Edilberto de Luna.   Published: October 22, 2013 The Department of Agriculture is expecting another record harvest of corn this year, estimated at 8.2 million metric tons (MMT), despite the damaged wrought by recent typhoons. Secretary of Agriculture Proceso J. Alcala said the 2013 corn...

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Why I support Golden Rice

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Why I support Golden Rice

              By MICHAEL D. PURUGGANAN Posted 10/22/2013   I support Golden Rice. I love heirloom varieties and I like to buy organic food when I can. I realize, however, that there are large-scale issues we need to address in our country and the rest of the world – a growing population that threatens to outstrip our agricultural capability, widespread malnourishment among the poor, and the threat of climate change and deteriorating and shrinking...

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Seeing clearly: Golden Rice and climate science

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Seeing clearly: Golden Rice and climate science

              Thursday, 10 October 2013 Written by  Bob Zeigler On World Sight Day, IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler reflects on what we can all do to help improve eyesight and support research that seeks to improve people’s vision. Today is World Sight Day–a time to reflect on the importance of vision and on what we can all do to help improve eyesight and support research that seeks to improve it. Once upon a time, it might have seemed far-fetched to...

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