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Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas is a graduate of the UST Journalism School (Batch 2016). He currently covers agribusiness for the BusinessMirror. He joined the news outfit in August 2016.
THE country’s dairy production in the first quarter of 2017 expanded by 11 percent to 5,730 metric tons (MT), from 5,160 MT recorded a year ago, according to the National Dairy Administration (NDA). In its report, titled “The Performance of the...
FAVORABLE planting conditions allowed farmers to increase their production of major industrial crops, such as sugarcane and rubber, in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its report, titled “Major...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) shares the sentiment of the business community that the declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao would bring more boon than bane to the economy. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the agriculture sector...
Local hybrid-rice seed producer SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC) said it is expanding its production of hybrid-rice seeds in Bangladesh over the next three years to help farmers in the South Asian country increase their harvest. The company signed a memorandum...
Pests and bad weather reduced the country’s output of mango and calamansi in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its quarterly report, titled “Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin”, the...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday warned garlic importers that their sanitary and phytosanitary-import clearances (SPS-ICs) will be revoked if they will not bring into country their allocation. Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Ariel T. Cayanan said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is set to extend food aid and emergency loans to farmers and fishermen affected by the ongoing fighting in Lanao del Sur. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he has directed all regional...
The government is targeting to hike the share of local garlic production to the country’s total supply from the current 8 percent to as much as 40 percent over the next three years, according to the chief of Department...
The country’s dream of having its first homegrown tire maker is moving closer to reality, as the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced that it will sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Finnish tire-manufacturing company Black Donuts Engineering Inc....
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is planning to plant trees over a million hectares across identified critical watersheds across the country in the next five years to sustain agricultural productivity nationwide. “We would like to get involved with...
The government is mulling over to reduce the tariff on garlic imports to boost local supply and cut its retail price, according to a senior official of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Ariel T. Cayanan said...
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said it has rolled out a Filipino version of an offline smart phone app that enables farmers to identify and manage crop problems in palay production. IRRI knowledge management and outreach specialist Poornima Shankar...
The National Food Authority (NFA) on Thursday said Filipino rice farmers earned around P32 billion due to the high farm-gate price of palay in the first quarter of the year. The NFA said farmers who sold their palay to the...
The Hungarian government has committed to provide Manila with a €20-million grant (around P1.12 billion) to fund the conduct of a comprehensive study on how to clean up Manila Bay and Laguna Lake, according to the Department of Agriculture...
Good weather allowed Filipino fishermen to increase their catch and boost the country’s fisheries output in the first quarter by 1.16 percent year-on-year, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its latest report, the PSA...
Lawmakers should focus on converting the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice into a specific tariff rate to speed up the amendment of a law that provided for its implementation, according to an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Agriculture...
The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) on Wednesday cautioned the government against imposing an excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) that is too high, as this would cut the sales of beverage manufacturers and affect local farmers. “My objection...
The Philippines may no longer have to import onion, as the government’s latest assessment indicated that there would be surplus in output this year, according to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). BPI OIC-Director Dr. Vivencio R. Mamaril told the...
The Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) said its outstanding loans in support of the country’s small farmers and fishermen in the first quarter of 2017 reached P434.4 billion, 12 percent higher than the P387.4 billion recorded during the...
Poultry growers belonging to the United Broiler Raisers Association (Ubra) said the government must revert back the tariff on mechanically deboned meat (MDM) to 40 percent once the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice expires. Ubra President Elias Jose M. Inciong...