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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.
Groups of local flour and feed millers denied the report that some food-grade wheat imports last year were allegedly misdeclared as feed wheat to avoid paying higher tax duties. The Philippine Association of Flour Millers Inc. (Pafmil) said the claim...
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said it is mulling over the implementation of a catch-volume cap for fishermen as part of the government’s bid to make sardines production sustainable. “One of the potential measure being considered is...
The Philippines will soon subject all meat and meat products imported from Brazil to laboratory tests to ensure that these are safe for consumption, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said on Monday. While Manila has not suspended meat imports...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said over the weekend it is ready to commercially roll out a compact corn mill, which could help farmers increase milling efficiency by more than threefold. The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech)...
IN a series of events that unfolded in the past few weeks, three of the agriculture-related agencies under the Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS) have been put on the spotlight amid a flurry of corruption allegations and accusations of...
The National Food Authority (NFA) said on Thursday the government must import rice soon to replenish the food agency’s thinning stockpiles, and ensure there will be enough food during the lean months. NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino said the...
The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) on Thursday asked farmers to be on guard against the most common pests that usually attack crops, including rice, during the April-to-June period. In a memorandum order published on Thursday, BPI OIC-Director Vivencio R....
The country’s paddy-rice output could decline to below 18 million metric tons (MMT), after the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice is scrapped on June 30, according to a Global Agriculture Information Network (Gain) report. The Gain report, which was published by...
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said it has allowed local traders and producers to export sugar to countries other than the United States to arrest the decline in the domestic price of sugar. The SRA issued Sugar Order (SO) 1-B,...
The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has assured consumers on Tuesday that there is no “rotten” meat from Brazil being sold in the local market. “Yes, we are aware of the issue Brazil, and we are now closely...
The government is targeting to increase the output of green coffee berries to at least 214,626 metric tons (MT) by 2022 to end the country’s reliance on imports and allow farmers to export coffee. Under the Philippine Coffee Industry Road...
Favorable weather would allow the country’s coconut production to increase to 2.244 million metric tons (MMT) in copra terms this year, according to the United Coconut Association of the Philippines Inc. (Ucap). Ucap’s forecast is 9.46 percent higher than the...
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) on Monday said it was not required to consult soft-drink makers before issuing an order that  effectively limited the entry of imported high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) into the country. SRA Administrator Anna Rosario V. Paner...
Myanmar will plant hybrid-rice seeds developed in the Philippines to expand its paddy production and regain its status as the world’s biggest rice exporter, according to hybrid rice and seeds producer SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC). SLAC Chairman Henry Lim Bon...
Businessmen from Bahrain have expressed interest in investing in the construction of a sugar-processing plant in the Philippines, officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said over the weekend. The DA said officials from the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and...
Philippine rice output in the first quarter could expand by nearly 13 percent to 4.44 million metric tons (MMT), from 3.93 MMT recorded a year ago, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The latest rice...
The implementation new guidelines regulating the entry of imported high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) should be deferred by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) pending consultations with soft-drink makers, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol. Piñol said the SRA did...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it would have to delay its target of achieving rice sufficiency by another year, as it does not have enough funds to bankroll necessary interventions to prop up output. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said...
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said it has permitted traders and millers to export more sugar to the US until August 31 this year to stabilize domestic supply and prices. In Sugar Order (SO) 4, the SRA authorized the advance swapping of...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) urged farmers in North Cotabato to use hybrid seeds to increase their paddy-rice production and help the government attain its sufficiency goal by 2020. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol recently visited North Cotabato to attend...