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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.
Exporters to the Philippines would have to contend with Manila’s stringent rules for meat products for now, as the government stood pat on its decision to continue implementing its “zero-tolerance” policy on salmonella. The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), which...
The government is now eyeing to entice Filipino migrants to invest in the agriculture sector through a program that seeks to offer “minimal” investment risks. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now crafting a...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily suspended the accreditation of all Brazilian meat establishments to export meat products to the Philippines after some shipments from the Latin American country tested positive for salmonella. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol issued...
State-run National Food Authority (NFA) has projected that it would need to import some 580,050 metric tons (MT) of rice next year to make sure its stockpile is sufficient throughout 2018. NFA Administrator Jayson Laureano Y. Aquino gave the estimate...
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is now helping Filipino traders prepare the additional 63,830 metric tons raw value (MTRV) of sugar that will be shipped to the United States under a preferential trade scheme. The SRA on Monday issued Sugar...
Manila will ask Beijing to slash tariffs on sugar imports to zero so the Philippines could expand its sugar shipments to China, according to the chief of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA). SRA Administrator Anna Rosario V. Paner said a...
Brazilian firm BRF S.A., one of the world’s top poultry exporters, is asking the Philippine government to clarify its decision to stop accepting shipments from three of its accredited meat-packing plants. “As one of the biggest poultry exporters in the...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is spending P7.5 million to test the performance of rubber clones from abroad as part of government efforts to increase annual yield to 3 metric tons (MT). Philippine Rubber Research Institute (PhilRubber) Executive Director Rodolfo...
The Philippine government has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of poultry meat and products from two municipalities in Belgium, where a lethal strain of the bird-flu virus has been detected. The Department of Agriculture (DA) issued Memorandum Order...
The National Food Authority (NFA) said it has awarded contracts for the importation of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to six traders from Southeast Asia. NFA Deputy Administrator Tomas S. Escarez said the six winning bidders in the July...
Local producers will be allowed to export more sugar to the United States at preferential tariff rates after Washington increased Philippine raw sugarcane allocation for the current fiscal year by 63,830 metric tons (MT). The US Trade Representative (USTR) announced...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking for other sources of funds for a feasibility study for the country’s first tire factory, after the proposed budget for it was thumbed down by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Philippine...
The Philippines could set the maximum tariff rate on rice at a range of 50 percent to 700 percent, reflecting the government’s intent to have a wide policy space in balancing the interest of farmers and consumers. This was evident...
The country’s meat imports in the first half of 2017 declined by nearly 13 percent to 280,269.056 metric tons (MT), from 322,013.273 MT a year ago, according to latest data from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). Data obtained by...
The country’s harvest area has contracted at an average of 0.5 percent annually in the past five years, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its annual report, titled “Agricultural Indicators System: Output and Productivity”,...
The country’s agricultural import bill in 2016 grew by nearly 22 percent to $10.15 billion, from $8.332 billion recorded in 2015, according to the latest data from the World Trade Organization (WTO). In its annual report, titled “Trade Profiles 2017”,...
The government should provide financial or credit assistance to small- and medium-scale manufacturers of farm equipment to revive local postharvest machinery manufacturing, according to a policy study conducted by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech). The study,...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to disperse 5 million fingerlings of various noninvasive species in Lake Lanao next month in its bid to increase the food supply of Lanao del Sur. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now seeing a better future for banana growers in the Davao region, as the area starts to recover from the infestation of the fusarium wilt two years ago. DA Region 11 science research specialist...
Local meat processors appealed to the government to reconsider its zero-tolerance policy for salmonella in raw materials, as this could increase the retail price of canned goods, such as luncheon meat. The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pampi) made...