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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 interagency National Food Security Committee (NFSC) has recommended the importation of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to boost the buffer stock of the National Food Authority (NFA’s) during the lean months. In a radio interview over the weekend,...
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it is keen on promoting a climate-smart technology, which could help farmers cut their water consumption and reduce greenhouse emission. PhilRice said the Taskforce Committee on the International Network for Water and Ecosystem...
Truly one cannot stop the clock from adding more years to one’s age. But with a balanced lifestyle and positive outlook in life, one can actually reverse what is known as “biological age”. “Many people do not know this, but...
Sugar planters and millers belonging to the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) are seeking a six-year delay in the implementation of the proposed additional P10 per liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs)—part of the revenue-offsetting measures of...
The National Food Authority Council (NFAC) is asking Congress to fast-track the amendment of the National Food Authority (NFA) charter to remove its trading functions in light of the impending expiration of the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice. Cabinet Secretary...
The country’s paddy-rice production in the first half of the year could expand between 11.78 percent and 8.55 million metric tons (MMT), from 7.65 MMT recorded output a year ago, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics...
The country’s agricultural output in the first quarter of 2017 posted a 5.28-percent growth, rebounding from a dismal performance caused by El Niño in the same period last year, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority...
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it has developed a typhoon-resistant structure that could shelter farm animals during heavy rainfall. PhilRice said Dr. Ricardo Orge, a PhilRice engineer-scientist, developed a shelter innovation called “kwebo,” which is an “easy-to-construct, typhoon-resistant...
The Philippines’s rice imports this year could reach 1.8 million metric tons (MMT) after the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice expires next month, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In its latest report titled, “Grain: World Markets...
Eight companies that participated in Europe’s biggest trade show for natural products, health food  and organic industries recorded sales of P160.87 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). Of the sales generated at the Natural and Organic Products Europe...
The government is setting its sights on the total eradication of hog diseases  in a bid to further spur the growth and development of one of the most vital agricultural sectors in the country. The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI),...
The chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday he has changed his mind, and is now urging President Duterte to allow the National Food Authority (NFA) to import rice for its buffer stock during the lean...
Unreliable government policies that disregard established practices and contracts, extreme weather phenomena and the continuing attacks of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao threaten the banana industry. Industry players and workers in the banana sector also warned the Philippines...
The country’s rice inventory as of April 1 declined by 20.35 percent to 2.68 million metric tons (MMT), from 3.36 MMT recorded a year ago, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Despite the decline in...
LISTED sugar producer Roxas Holdings Inc.’s (RHI) said its consolidated net income in the first half of its fiscal year grew 15 percent to P76 million, from P66 million a year ago. RHI said the increase in its bottom line...
PHILIPPINE raw-sugar output in the current crop year (CY) could reach 2.3 million metric tons (MMT), 2.77 percent higher than the 2.238 MMT recorded in the previous crop year, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA). The SRA’s latest projection...
THE Duterte administration will spend some P2.47 billion to bankroll various interventions aimed at increasing local hog production by 10 percent, according to a road map prepared by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). The BAI, an attached agency of...
THE National Food Authority (NFA) vowed to step up its campaign against illegal activities in the rice industry, especially during the lean months of July to September. NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino said he has directed the food agency’s personnel...
The farm sector likely posted a 2-percent growth in the first quarter of the year on the back of better crop harvest and fisheries output, according to the chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol...
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it approved P20.13 billion worth of infrastructure and enterprise development subprojects, aiming to hike production of high-value crops in the country, under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said...