SEARCA in the News

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—While the current agricultural initiatives and policies are focused on rice and corn, an inter-governmental treaty organization and its partners are currently undertaking an International Benchmarking Study of the Philippine Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Industries co-developed and funded by the National Economic and Development Authority. Dr. Glenn Gregorio, director of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, said the study aims to help boost and reboot the Philippine livestock, dairy, and poultry subsectors. He said SEARCA is implementing the collaborative study with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies and selected Asian research institutions. “The… Read more
To help boost and reboot the Philippine livestock, dairy, and poultry subsectors, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and its partners are currently undertaking an International Benchmarking Study of the Philippine Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Industries co-developed and funded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). SEARCA is implementing the collaborative study with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and selected Asian research institutions. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, said the study has been deemed necessary and timely as the Philippine government’s current agricultural initiatives and policies are skewed towards rice and… Read more
Los Baños, Laguna—While the current agricultural initiatives and policies are focused on rice and corn, an inter-governmental treaty organization and its partners are currently undertaking an International Benchmarking Study of the Philippine Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Industries co-developed and funded by the National Economic and Development Authority. Dr. Glenn Gregorio, director of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, said the study aims to help boost and reboot the Philippine livestock, dairy, and poultry subsectors. He said SEARCA is implementing the collaborative study with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies and selected Asian research institutions. “The… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna: The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said the Philippine agriculture sector, by all indications, points to a high probability of maintaining positive growth over the rest of the year. SEARCA said this is based on the performance in the first half of 2021. "Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have noted with keen interest how the agriculture sector has managed to achieve a positive growth rate," University of the Philippines Los Baños SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said in a statement. Gregorio, however, added that the challenge of surpassing… Read more
Agriculture growth could end up positive by the end of the year but will unlikely top two percent, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) recently said. "By all indications, the performance of the Philippine agriculture sector in the first half of 2021 points to a high probability of maintained positive growth over the rest of the year," Searca Director Glenn Gregorio said in a July 31, 2021 statement. Second quarter data is scheduled to be released by the Philippine Statistics Authority on Monday. August 9. "Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we… Read more

Growing Agriculture

6 August 2021, Friday
Following a three percent decline in the first quarter caused by the reduction in the production of livestock and poultry sectors outweighing gains made in crops and fisheries, the Department of Agriculture has lowered its growth projection for the industry to two percent this year from its original target of 2.5 percent. Agriculture Secretary William Dar noted that while the challenges of the still-ongoing pandemic and African swine fever continue to hound the industry, the strong performance of other sectors such as palay or unhusked rice give hope that the adjusted target is achievable. For this year, the DA is… Read more
Agriculture Secretary William Dar has downgraded his year-end growth target for the Philippines’ farm sector, from 2.5 percent to 2 percent, amid the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the continuous spread of African Swine Fever (ASF). “We always would like to be optimistic but our big challenges are still there – the lockdown and ASF,” Dar told reporters, following his State of Philippine Agriculture address on Wednesday. Dar then said that though he doesn’t want to give up on the 2.5-percent growth target that he initially gave, he will be happy to “achieve a comfortable growth in… Read more
“A high probability of maintained positive growth over the rest of the year.” That’s how the Laguna-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) sees the Philippine agriculture sector based on its performance in the first half of 2021. The SEARCA released its outlook as the country has been under the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) pandemic for two years now. “Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have noted with keen interest how the agriculture sector has managed to achieve a positive growth rate,” says Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA director. “However, the… Read more
Philippine farm production is poised for a turnaround this year, but achieving the 2-percent annual growth will remain “very elusive” due to systemic challenges, according to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). SEARCA said it sees a “high probability of maintaining positive growth over the rest of the year” based on the agriculture sector’s performance in the first half. The country’s farm output in the first quarter declined by 3.3 percent while full year production in 2020 contracted by 1.2 percent due to the lackluster performance of the livestock and poultry subsectors. “Since… Read more
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and existing “systemic challenges” in the sector, the Philippine agriculture is less likely to surpass the production growth level of 2 percent by the end of the year. Glenn B. Gregorio, director of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), said that the country’s agriculture sector is poised to attain positive growth towards the end of the year, but it will not be as impressive as the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) target.  “By all indications, the performance of the Philippine agriculture sector in the first half of 2021 points to a… Read more
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