Philippines Agriculture

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Plans to use sugarcane for the cultivation of a number of new products and growth markets are under way in the Philippines. Having nearly reached self-sufficiency in sugar, industry representatives and regulators have laid out a roadmap with several objectives designed to raise exports, use sugarcane to produce bioethanol, increase its contribution...

With the Philippines’ government actively working to encourage its development, organic farming is an area ripe with opportunity for the agricultural investor. Indeed, while “going organic” may be a new and unfamiliar proposition for some of the country’s conventional farmers, proper support from the government and non-governmental organisations...

Although economic headwinds have thrown international markets off course, the Philippine economy has managed to stay on a relatively even keel. Local authorities note that while GDP growth slowed in 2011 relative to 2010 due to weak external demand and government underspending, household 

Chapter | Agriculture from The Report: The Philippines 2012

Plans for agriculture in the Philippines include making the world’s largest rice consumer, which currently imports the staple, self-sufficient. Multi-million dollar irrigation projects are currently underway to help achieve this goal, while a National Irrigation Administration is seeking to teach farmers sustainable irrigation techniques. The government is also pushing farmers to adopt more...
In the Philippines’ current plans for a major upgrade of the country’s agricultural sector, the most dramatic move is a determination to transform the country from being the world’s top rice importer to becoming a net rice exporter by 2014. This is undoubtedly a formidable task, as rice is the Philippines’ main food staple:
The Philippines is looking to encourage the development of organic farming, seen as a niche agriculture sector ripe with opportunity for the country. With the proper support, organic farming could work to boost high-value agricultural exports as well as incomes in the agriculture sector, which currently employs more than 30% of the nation’s labour force.

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