ANALYSIS – This week, the EU’s animal welfare is being debated in Brussels, writes Jackie Linden. With an overall aim towards an integrated approach to welfare, consumers are to be more empowered with their purchasing choices and enforcement of existing rules is to be strengthened. As one example of growing consumer power, more than 5,000 people in the UK have pledged their support to keeping eggs from hens in battery cages out of the UK. Also in the EU, the proposed reforms to the CAP are likely to receive strong opposition if the mood at a recent farmers' union conference in the UK is a fair reflection of opinions in other member states. In Brussels this week, delegates to a conference have been examining the new EU animal welfare strategy, which has the aims of enhanced consumer empowerment and strengthening the enforcement of existing rules in an integrated approach to animal welfare. Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, John Dalli, said: “Ethical...
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APEC Members: Empower,build farmers' resiliency against climate change A February 22, 2012 press release from the Department of Agriculture Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) were asked to build the capacity of farmers to cope with climate change and recover from disasters by providing them access to basic services, technology, tools, and relevant information.
This way, farmers, especially the resource-poor ones would be empowered to employ adaptation and mitigation strategies, says former board of director of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) Raul Montemayor. PCIC is a corporate arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
In the Philippines, he said the institutional framework on climate change is already in place and the farmers are part of the framework. According to Montemayor, the DA has also put up a forum or platform for the private sector, the farmers, and other sectors, which is linked with the Climate Change...
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PHILIPPINES - The Philippine agriculture industry grew by 2.34 per cent in 2011, bannered by the crops, livestock and poultry subsectors, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday.
The DA said the combined positive performance of the three subsectors served as a cushion, as the fishery subsector registered negative growth due to dwindling fish population caused by overfishing, illegal fishing practices, and successive typhoons during the second semester of 2011.
Total farm production was valued at P1.4 trillion at current prices, 11.5 per cent more than in 2010, it said.
The crops subsector — which contributed one-half or 49.6 per cent to total agricultural output — registered a 4.82 per cent increase, led by palay (paddy rice) and corn.
Likewise, palay harvest totaled 16.68 million metric tons (MMT), 5.8 per cent more than in 2010 (15.77 MMT), while corn production amounted to 6.97 MMT, 9.3 per cent more than in 2010 (6.38 MMT).
Sugarcane production also grew...
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