Philippines Agriculture

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The signing of a peace agreement between the Philippines government and separatist rebels on the island of Mindanao may result in significant social and economic benefits, including a much-needed boost to the agriculture sector, which has long lagged behind regional rivals.

When typhoons Pedring and Quiel hit the Banaue Rice Terraces in Batad, Ifugao – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in September 2011, its ancient irrigation infrastructure was severely affected, causing damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure estimated at P872m ($19.8m). The prominence of these natural disasters reignited calls for upgrades to...

Providing employment for nearly one-third of the country’s 39m-strong workforce and central to supporting domestic food security, agriculture and fisheries is of vital importance to the Philippine economy. The government is well aware of the need for stability and steady growth. Current strategic priorities aim to expand planted crop area, increase...

How would you rate the state of agricultural infrastructure in the country? What areas are most in need of investment moving forward?

With its hot weather, abundant rainfall, fertile soil and substantial tracts of arable land, the Philippines is a prime agricultural area for growing a variety of tropical fruits. While already a major global producer of banana, pineapple and mango, the country is looking to boost its exports of these crops still further.

What are the most important recent initiatives that have helped modernise the agriculture sector?

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