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Farmers hit by typhoon, drought ask for more assistance

Farmers belonging to the Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) are urging the provincial governments to provide more assistance for farmers and fisherfolk hit by Super Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) and drought.

Enough roses despite February chills

A farmer from the Bahong village in La Trinidad town, the rose capital of Benguet province, said there will be enough roses for Valentines despite the dipping temperature this February.

Minahang Bayan opens in Benguet

Small-scale mining activities may soon resume in the gold-rich town of Itogon in this province after the Provincial Mining and Regulatory Board (PMRB) signed the declaration of a Minahang Bayan (People’s Small-scale Mining Area) in a Tuesday evening (Jan. 15) meeting at the Capitol here.

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.

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.

MGB-CAR eyes minahang bayan by December

MGB-CAR director Faye Apil bared the agency have finished hearing applications from small scale mining groups from Itogon, Tuba and Mankayan, and eyeing the declaration of minahang bayan in Benguet by December.