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Damage caused by typhoons in the last quarter of the year affected the country's agricultural productivity in 2016, declining total output by 1.41 percent year-on-year, according to the latest report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The report, titled “Performance of Philippine Agriculture, October-December 2016," also showed that the sector...
The Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) said on Thursday it will increase the volume of vegetables that it sources from its partner-farmers’ cooperatives by 25 percent to 1,000 metric tons (MT) this year. JGF Executive Director Giselle Tiongson also said the group is planning to add Luzon-based farmer-cooperatives in its network. “From...
WASHINGTON—Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced on Wednesday by the United States Agriculture Department (USDA). The rule is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that...
To help prevent oceans from carrying more plastic than fish as projected in one study, Sen. Loren B. Legarda on Thursday again called for the regulation of the use of plastic bags in the country. Legarda made the statement after the Ellen MacArthur Foundation released a report, titled “The New...
BACOLOD CITY—The Department of Agriculture in Negros Island Region (DA-NIR) will create a database for crops in demand for import, including abaca, banana and pineapple. DA-NIR Joyce Wendam,  in a statement on Wednesday, said the creation of database for crops will be taken up during the Regional Management Committee (RMC)...
To address the perennial problems hounding the Philippine farm sector, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Wednesday he will push for a 10-year legislated road map to ensure the country’s food security. Piñol said legislating the food-security program will ensure its continuity even after President Duterte has stepped down...
Forget beer and wine made from grapes. In China’s booze market, it’s all about another, equally old alcoholic beverage. Yellow rice wine, sometimes known as liquid cake, dates back to the Shang Dynasty more than 3,000 years ago. It is the fastest-growing mass-market alcoholic drink in China, with sales volume...
The Bureau of Plant and Industry (BPI) on Wednesday unveiled a program that will help farmers improve the quality of their produce in its bid to increase their chances of penetrating the export market. The BPI, an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said it sought the assistance...
The Ilocos region’s dragon-fruit industry may soon get a boost, as the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural  Development Project (DA-PRDP) is few steps away from providing necessary interventions to develop the production, processing and marketing of the edible cactus fruit. Region 1 has identified dragon fruit as one of its...
The country’s sugar production as of January 1 has reached 600,316 metric tons (MT), or 26.68 percent of the target for the current crop year, according to the latest report from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA). SRA data, however, showed that the figure is 24.12 percent lower than the 791,161...
London—By driving molecular changes in diseases, mass livestock production can potentially lead to human pandemics, according to a scientist quoted in a press release posted online by the University of Exeter on Monday. Rapidly rising global poultry numbers, along with selective breeding and production techniques which have dramatically altered the...
Senators said they are working to fast-track the approval of an enabling law that will pave the way for the long-delayed disposition of the P75-billion coco-levy fund awaited by coconut farmer beneficiaries. Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III confirmed on Tuesday that senators may be able to pass the...
The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday cautioned the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) against dismantling small fish traps within Laguna de Bay. Fish traps, or  baklad, allow fishermen to catch fish in open waters. These should not be mistaken as fish cage or fish pen,...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has revalidated 15,281 sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances (SPS-IC) since November 23, 2016, when it implemented more stringent guidelines for importing farm commodities. Of the total validated SPS-ICs, 603 were already tagged used and may be recycled by the permit holders, according to...
Corn farmers belonging to the Philippine Maize Federation Inc. (PhilMaize) urged the government to increase the support price for corn and to allow them to export their produce. PhilMaize President Roger V. Navarro appealed for government help as the prevailing farm-gate price of corn have remained below P11 per kilogram....
Officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said they recently met with farmers who appealed for the distribution of lands belonging to two state universities and colleges (SUCs) in North Cotabato. Agrarian Reform Undersecretaries Marcos D. Risonar Jr. and Sylvia F. Mallari met with some 500 farmers who are...
The country’s coconut production in 2016 likely settled at 12.59 million metric tons (MMT), 15 percent lower than the 14.81 MMT produced in 2015, according to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). The PCA said output declined due to the lingering effects of El Niño and the typhoons that hit major...
The government should create an agency focused on reforestation alone to build on the success of the National Greening Program (NGP), according to a study released by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Pids). In a Policy Note, titled Taking Stock of the National Greening Program Six Years Hence, Pids...
TO save the Laguna de Bay from further degradation, the government needs to dismantle all fish cages and fish pens, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said. Environment Undersecretary and National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force (NAECTF) Head Arturo Valdez said all fish cages and fish...
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) on Thursday said it is confident that the P75-billion coconut-levy fund would be released within the first quarter of the year. In a news briefing, PCA administrator Avelino Andal said the Confederation of Coconut Farmers’ Organization of the Philippines (Confed) decision to withdraw its petition...