SEARCA in the News

THE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) has partnered with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to establish a halal and health knowledge hub for the region.  The envisioned Halal Science and Technology (S&T) and One Health Knowledge Center will be hosted by the UPLB-School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM). SEARCA said in a statement that the first phase of the project is to conceptualize the “Halal Industry and One Health ecosystem” as a developing innovation for growth and development.    “The Halal Science and Technology and One Health Knowledge Center… Read more
The Philippines has tapped international agricultural think tank Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and its partners for the international benchmarking of the country’s livestock, dairy, and poultry industries. In a statement, SEARCA said it is now implementing the collaborative study for this project with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and selected Asian research institutions. The project, called International Benchmarking Study of the Philippine Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Industries, was co-developed and funded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, said the study has been… Read more
An international benchmarking study of the Philippine livestock, dairy and poultry industries co-developed and funded by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) is currently undertaken by an inter-government treaty organization based at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna province. According to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the undertaking aimed to help boost and reboot the Philippine livestock, dairy and poultry subsectors and its partners is a collaborative study with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and selected Asian research institutions. Dr. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA director, said… 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
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
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