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Friday, April 28, 2017
The joint team of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) stopped the illegal sale of assorted corals and other prohibited species in Cartimar, Pasay City. A total of 3,788 pieces of both hard and soft corals, coral stones and pebbles were...
The government said on Wednesday it has initially set aside a budget of P111 million for the expansion of the fish port in Bulan, Sorsogon, to attract more investors in the area. The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) said the improvements planned for the Bulan Fish Port Complex will be...
GENERAL SANTOS CITY ­—In a bid to enhance its services for the thriving local fishery industry, the city government is working on the creation of a fisheries division under the City Agriculture Office (CAO). City Councilor Brix Tan, chairman of the city council’s committee on fisheries, marine life and...
The government should help local mango producers ramp up their production and go into value adding if it is keen on increasing their share in export receipts, according to the Philippine Mango Exporters Foundation Inc. (PMEFI). PMEFI President Roberto C. Amores said local mango producers remain uncompetitive as they continue...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Sunday that it has released loans amounting to P2.79 million through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) to two farmers’ cooperatives in Benguet. The DA said its attached agency released the loans to upland vegetable farmers of Lengaoan Indigenous Farmers Credit Cooperative (LIFCC)...
The country’s rice production in the first quarter may have expanded by 12.8 percent to 4.44 million metric tons (MMT), from 3.93 MMT recorded a year ago. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) made this forecast in its latest report, titled “Updates on January-March 2017 Palay and Corn Forecasts”. The figure...
The government should promote the use of higher-yielding genetically modified (GM) seed varieties to boost corn output and enable farmers to export, according to an executive of Monsanto Philippines Inc. (MPI). MPI Country Commercial Lead Rachelle Lomibao said expanding the use of modern technology will help the government achieve its...
Philippine sugar production for the current marketing year (MY) ending on November 30 could go up to 2.25 million metric tons (MMT), from 2.135 MMT recorded a year ago, according to a Global Agriculture Information Network (Gain) report. The Gain report, which was published recently by the US Department of...
The chairman of the House Committee on Ecology is pushing for the passage of a measure creating the Department of Water Resources and Services. PDP-Laban Rep. Estrellita B. Suansing  of Nueva Ecija said she filed House Bill (HB) 4995 after the World Resources Institute warned that the Philippines is vulnerable...

Agritourism?

What is agritourism? The word “agritourism” is a mash-up of both “agriculture” and “tourism”. Fundamentally, agritourism involves an agriculturally based operation or activity that draws visitors to a farm, ranch or any natural site, like pineapple plantations, orchid farms and bee farms, for outdoor recreational activities, education, shopping or...
Manila has informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the Philippines may not be able to convert the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice into tariff by July 1 due to the delay in the amendment of a domestic law. Agriculture Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Segfredo R. Serrano said Noel...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the pilot-testing of a new loan program aimed at easing farmers’ access to credit will be conducted in two towns in Surigao del Norte and Nueva Ecija. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the government has set aside P35 million for the Production Loan...
State-owned think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) urged the government to create a central online repository of technology information for food manufacturers nationwide. PIDS said this technology transfer can occur between large and small food small and medium  enterprises or two small SMEs. It can also occur between...
Administration after administration is coming to the conclusion that the future of the Philippines—to a large extent – hinges on improving the agriculture sector, as it will address inclusive growth, poverty alleviation and, finally, keep the young ones on the farm. Has it worked so far? No. As a result,...
Despite the existing ban on Dutch poultry products, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has approved the request of meat processors to import mechanically separated meat (MSM) from the Netherlands. The DA issued Memorandum Order (MO) 16, which permitted meat importer-processors (MIPs) belonging to the Philippine Association of Meat...
Revenues collected from rice imported by the Philippines after the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice is scrapped should also be allocated to programs that encourage farmers to plant other crops, according to experts. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University senior research fellow Caesar Cororaton said the Department of Agriculture (DA)...
Banana farmers on Monday asked the government to step up its campaign against members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who have been attacking banana plantations in Mindanao for not paying “revolutionary taxes”. Agrarian-reform beneficiaries (ARBs) reported that the NPAs have once again launched an intensified series of attacks on...
The country’s dairy imports in 2016 expanded by 54 percent to 2.77 million metric tons (MMT) in liquid milk equivalent (LME), from 1.79 MMT-LME recorded in 2015, according to the National Dairy Authority (NDA). The latest NDA data showed that the figure has surpassed the agency’s import forecast of 1.85...
Go Negosyo said on Monday it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to establish a mentorship program aimed at honing and developing the agribusiness skills of Filipinos. The MOU, which was signed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol and Go Negosyo Founder and...

Q1 rice output up 5.34%

Philippine rice production in the first quarter expanded by 5.34 percent to 4.14 million metric tons (MMT), from the 3.93 MMT recorded in the same period last year, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the increase in production could be attributed to good...
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