Narratives from Agribusiness Experts

Narratives from agribusiness experts By: Rolando T. Dy – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:12 AM February 13, 2017 There are agribusiness “heroes” in the country. Many succeeded solely by their own efforts, and helped others, too. Here are some of their stories. Mango Rolly is a veteran Chinoy trader (his full name withheld upon request). He has encyclopedic

Let’s Fix our Trade Statistics

Opinion Let’s fix our trade statistics 0  0 Google +0  0 M. A. P. Insights Rolando T. Dy Posted on January 24, 2017 There are many stories from the private sector about the unreliability of some export statistics. The latest was about the halving of banana exports in 2015 from 2014. Despite the drought, these numbers were not as

The ASEAN Race toward $250-M and $500-M Exports

Opinion The ASEAN race toward $250-M and $500-M exports 0  0 Google +0  0 M. A. P. Insights Rolando T. Dy Posted on January 17, 2017 The Philippines is far behind in the race for billion-dollar exports of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. In 2014, the leaders were Thailand with 12 product exports and Vietnam with eight.

The Case of 2.4 million hectares of missing farmlands

The case of 2.4 million hectares of missing farmlands By: Rolando T. Dy – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:07 AM January 09, 2017 In 2015, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released the highlights of the much-awaited 2012 Census of Agriculture. The last census before that was made in 2002. The statistics are of importance to policy makers and

Sizing Up Economic Powers: China, EU, Russia and US

Sizing up economic powers: China, EU, Russia and US By: Rolando T. Dy – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:44 AM January 02, 2017 President Duterte wants to shift foreign policy toward China and Russia, and away from the European Union (EU) and the United States, especially the latter. What will each country offer in terms of trade and

Going bananas and more

Going bananas and more By: Rolando T. Dy – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:11 AM December 05, 2016 Banana is the only crop in many decades that reached $1.14 billion in exports in 2014 and $963 million in 2013. In 2015, it dipped to about $900 million, contrary to the government statistics of $440 million. More of this

Agribusiness Corridors

Opinion Agribusiness corridors 0  0 Google +0  0 M. A. P. Insights Rolando T. Dy Posted on November 29, 2016 Economic corridors are not new but their potential as engines of sustainable development has been largely untapped, according to economist Eva Gálvez Nograles of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In a report, “Making economic corridors work for the

Lagging Pacific Provinces

Lagging Pacific provinces By: Rolando T. Dy – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:02 AM November 14, 2016 The Philippine Pacific coast comprises 17 provinces from Batanes in the north to Davao Occidental in the south, out of 81 provinces. The total population was 13.2 million in 2015, or 13 percent of the country’s  population and 24 percent of

Philippine Provincial Trading Hubs

Philippine provincial trading hubs By: Rolando T. Dy – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:01 AM October 24, 2016 Philippine regions have capital cities. So does each province. For instance, Koronadal, popularly known as Marbel, is the regional capital of Soccsksargen, and it is also the capital of South Cotabato. However, the trading hub of the region is General

Benchmarking Asean Food Exports

Benchmarking Asean food exporters By: Rolando T. Dy – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:47 AM October 03, 2016 HOW DOES the Philippines compare with its Asean counterparts in food exports? In 2014 (the latest data), the country exported a total of $6.7 billion as compared to Indonesia’s $40.9 billion, Malaysia’s $27.8 billion, Thailand’s $37.4 billion and Vietnam’s $19.7