CDO farmers benefit from season-long training on selected vegetable agribusiness

Around 30 farmers from Cagayan de Oro city graduated from the season-long training on selected vegetables agribusiness held on 7 July 2017.

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The season-long training ran from March to July 2017 and was spearheaded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Landcare Foundation Philippines, in partnership with Normin Veggies Marketing Cooperative, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cagayan de Oro City, and private stakeholders and supported by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10).

With the theme, “Ang panguma isip usa ka negosyo, makauswag sa kinabuhi (farming as a business could improve life condition),” the training was participated by the members of the Canitoan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (CAFAMCO) and the Pagatpat Cagayan de Oro Farmers Association Incorporated (PACAFAI), in which they were taught on land preparation, soil sampling, and strategies on planting vegetables such as eggplant, tomato, string beans and ampalaya.

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Retailers from Bulua and Cogon market are invited to visit the CAFAMCO learning site on July 12, 2017 to encourage them to buy vegetables from the farmers.

Regional Technical Director Carmelita T. Bajarla, representing DA-RFO 10 chief Carlene C. Collado, thanked the LGU, headed by city councilor and committee on agriculture chair Annie YDaba and city agriculturist Dr. Hector R. San Juan, as well as the private sector that they were able to unite for agriculture as well as agribusiness. (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)

ARMM pushes for sustainable agribusiness devt approach

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is pushing for sustainable agribusiness development through an environment-friendly land use planning approach.

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The ARMM, together with the International Finance Corp. of the World Bank and the Hineleban Foundation, launched the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) for the region’s major agribusiness projects on May 25, 2016.
Lawyer Ishak Mastura, chairman of the ARMM’s Regional Board of Investment (RBOI) and head of the Regional Cabinet Cluster on Economic Growth, said the HCSA is an approach that would “protect the environment” in large-scale agricultural investments that use vast agricultural lands.
“The High Carbon Stock Approach is about protecting the environment when you invest. You see to it that the environment is not destroyed when you put in big investments like banana plantation, palm oil, cacao plantation, all kinds of agricultural investments,” Mastura said.
The HCSA is part of the Bangsamoro Sustainable Framework that aims at promoting sustainable agricultural investments in ARMM.

 

In the first quarter of 2016, RBOI-ARMM registered a P1.3-billion project of Gintong Agri Corp., a company engaged in oil palm plantation development. The region already exceeded its target of P900-million worth of investments for that period. In 2015, the agency registered a total of P6.5 billion, the biggest in the history of the ARMM.
The RBOI-ARMM approved eight major investment projects in 2015 led by Al-Sahar Agri Ventures Inc., a Cavendish banana plantation in Maguindanao with a P3.7 billion project. It was the largest single investment in the history of the ARMM.
Investors, Mastura said, continue to put money in the region because of their trust in the good governance initiatives of the present ARMM administration.
Dr. Urooj Malik, Hineleban Foundation chair, said his group is keen in partnering with ARMM’s agencies, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and other local and international nongovernmental organizations, among others, in the implementation of the HCSA at ‘landscape scale’ for the Bangsamoro region.
“This landscape level strategy will be implemented via use of the HCSA, a methodology that distinguishes forest areas for protection from degraded lands with low carbon and biodiversity values that may be developed,” Malik said.

 

“The methodology aims at ensuring a practical, transparent, robust, and scientifically credible approach that is widely accepted to implement commitments to halt deforestation while securing the rights and livelihood of the Bangsamoro people,” Malik added.
Mastura said investors will have clearly defined guidelines for sustainable and responsible agribusiness investment.
Re-elected ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman is supportive of the project noting it is a welcome development making sure that agribusiness investments in the region will help propel economic growth as well as ensure that there will be enough resources and opportunities for the Bangsamoro people now and in the future. (BPI/PIA-10)

Agribusiness, key employment generator in PH – DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) during its 3rd Northern Mindanao Career Advocacy Congress on 17-18 September 2015 in Cagayan de Oro City urged Career Guidance Counselors to introduce to students the career path in Agribusiness and other key employment generators in the country.

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BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay said that children must be exposed to these kinds of career opportunities wherein they do not just become agriculturist but also become entrepreneurs by going up the value chain in manufacturing agriculture products, thus earning more.

She said that food is very basic and critical in order to develop and sustain the country. We must harness Agribusiness otherwise we just keep on importing from neighbouring countries, she said.

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Based on the labor force survey from July 2014 to July 2015, youth unemployment rate increased almost 1% from 15.8% to 16.4% whereas it was declining from 2010 to 2013.

Meanwhile region 10 labor force decreased from 2,076 in 2014 to 2,022 in 2015.

In fact, Tutay said that youth composes half of the unemployed population where 50.4% or 1.351M youth from 15-24 years old while 46.3% or 1.241M from ages 25-54 years old do not have jobs.

She said that based on the labor market information report from 2013 – 2020, key employment generators include Agribusiness, Mining, Manufacturing, Power, Construction, IT-BPM, Health and Wellness, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Wholesale and Retail Trade, Banking and Finance, Transport and Logistics, Ownership, Dwellings and Real Estate and Education.

Meanwhile, emerging industries include renewable energy and shipbuilding.

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Key employment generator is a major industry group with great potential to generate employment and absorb bulk of the workforce in the years to come. Meanwhile, emerging industry is an industry group growing at a rate faster than the economy and exhibiting potential to grow and prosper, thus capable of generating a large number of new and fresh employment.

She said that it is important to know what is in the labor market especially in making decisions for their career.

Tutay said that DOLE together with the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Public Employment Services Office (PESO) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have convergent programs on Jobs-Skills Matching particularly in K to 12, Philippine Qualifications Network, Career Guidance Advocacy Program and Enhanced PhilJobNet with the support of the Networks of Career Guidance Counselors in region 10.

She also urges the youth to check PhilJobNet online at http://www.phil-jobnet.dole.gov.ph/ to find jobs and may download its app on mobile. A total of 1.5M companies are registered in the system. Job seekers can also search for job fairs in their area, Top Jobs and Top Hiring Companies.  (JMOR/PIA10)