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farmers and other rural peoples’ concerns

“Disastrous” loan agreement with China hit

Former Bayan Muna Representative and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares said the loan agreement between the government and the People’s Republic of China for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in the Cordillera is not only “onerous” but also “disastrous” for the country.

Farmer leader shot dead in Pangasinan

Two unidentified gunmen killed Roberto “Bobby” Mejia, 49, leader of Ulopan na Umbaley ed (Peoples Association in) Camp Gregg Military Reservation at around 11:10 PM in Barangay Sangcagulis according to the police. He is the 182nd peasant killed under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

Rice Tariffication Law troubles farmers, retailers

Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) said the Rice Tariffication Law, like other policies that deregulated trade and industry, will lead to higher prices and ruin local production.

Treyning iti sustainable agriculture naisayangkat idiay Kalinga

Balligi ti naisayangkat nga innadal maipanggep iti sustainable agriculture kadagiti mannalon iti Pinukpuk, Kalinga nga inpaay ti Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC Inc.) babaen ti panakikoordina ti Alyansa ti Pesante ti Taeng-Kordilyera (APIT-TAKO).

Tobacco farmers ask probe into LGU tobacco excise tax use

Tobacco farmers are asking President Rodrigo Duterte and lawmakers to probe into how millions of the tobacco excise tax shares of their local governments were spent. For nearly three decades now, benefits from tobacco excise tax shares of local government units have remained a tobacco farmer’s illusion.

The shrinking domain of Ilocos’ “green gold”

Despite the aggressive campaign of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), local government units (LGU) and companies, tobacco farmers and production are losing numbers. Roadside farms, used to be the domain of tobacco are now occupied by corn and peanuts. While in some villages, tomatoes are now cultivated on the lands where the region’s “green gold” once flourished. The plant that transformed the Ilocos provinces and some of its towns, that were suffering from scarcity of funds, into first income class LGUs, is now struggling to survive.

Ramit naipaay kadagiti mannalon ti Quirino

Naidanon dagiti ramit ti talon iti tallo a komunidad ti Quirino, Ilocos Sur. Dagiti remienta kas ti pala, barreta, gabion ken karetela ket inted dagiti Redemptorist Missionaries naggapu kadagiti deboto ti National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help idiay Baclaran, Parañaque City, Manila.

Convergence to protect Cordillera Rice Terraces

A conference on the conservation and rehabilitation of Cordillera rice terraces organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was held last November 20 to 22 at the Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao province. The conference intended to solicit commitments and support from the local and international communities in the conservation of the rice terraces in the Cordillera for food security.

Tobacco: The lifetime crop of Ilocos

Childhood experience with tobacco growing is not the only thing the two share. Cesar and Julius also have similar complains about the price, the growership scheme, and the government’s treatment of farmers.