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Monday, February 20, 2017
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) should evaluate the cash-transfer program it is implementing to find out whether it has fulfilled its goal of uplifting the lives of poor Filipinos. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) must be reviewed,  as it has...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is keen on developing 6,000 hectares of new rice farms in Tawi-Tawi in its bid to increase the rice output of the province and deter smuggling. “During a meeting with Tawi-tawi Gov. Rashidin Matba, I was given assurances the province is aiming for...
Local government officials in Cebu met in Dohera Hotel in Mandaue City last month to discuss the rehabilitation of the mango industry in the Central Visayas region. Mango is one of the export winners of the region and has a comparative advantage with other high-value crops. It is abundant in...
The local government has pledged to expand rice-plantation areas in the province by 100,000 hectares to boost the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) bid to achieve rice self-sufficiency by 2021. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez made this pronouncement to him when he visited the province recently. Piñol...
Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, two of the agrichemical giants trying to win the European Commission’s blessing for deals reshaping the global industry, clashed with the European Union (EU) over bans on insecticides that regulators blame for killing honeybees. The EU action not only damages farmers, the agricultural industry and...
Metro Manila-based agriculture firms received all the subsidies extended by the government to the sector in 2014, according to latest report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In the preliminary data from the 2014 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI), the PSA said Filipino taxpayers extended P3.2 billion...
Twenty local companies secured a total of $48.73-million negotiated sales from 463 inquiries from trade buyers during the 42nd Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) held in the United State last month. According to the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem), the figure is higher than its sales target...
Farmers’ cooperatives and private companies are asking the National Food Authority (NFA) for a one-month extension of the arrival period for rice imported under the so-called minimum access volume (MAV). According to NFA Spokesman Marietta J. Ablaza,  farmers’ cooperatives and firms need more time to bring in rice imported under...
Locusts breeding in central Zambia may pose a bigger threat to farmers in southern Africa than the fall armyworm that’s ravaged crops this year, according to an organization that combats the pests. Red locusts have already reached densities of as much as 50 per square meter over 76,000 hectares (187,800...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday said a Hong Kong-based foundation is keen on assisting farmers in Kalinga province to produce specialty coffee, which usually fetches a higher price. “With the current market demand for coffee, including processed beans, the KCC may no longer purely depend on green-beans...
DAVAO CITY—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 is pushing for a stronger partnership with local government units (LGUs) and communities in their fight against illegal logging. Newly installed DENR 11 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan urged all her field officials to further strengthen their partnership with the...
Manila has asked Seoul to bring down to zero the tariff it slaps on Philippine pineapple exports to South Korea, according to the chief of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said he made this request to Korean Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy...
WAKISO, Uganda—Scientists in Uganda have developed a technique of increasing mango production during off-season in a bid to increase household incomes. Researchers at the state-owned National Crop Resources Research Institute, Namulonge in central Uganda are exploring a technique called Foliar Flower Induction to ensure mango production even during the off-season. Gabriel...
The government said it granted 251 private companies licenses to import pork, poultry and corn under the minimum access volume (MAV) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) this year. Government data obtained by the BusinessMirror showed that the companies allowed to import the three agricultural commodities were fewer than the...
The National Food Authority (NFA) on Tuesday said the rice supply in Surigao del Norte will be enough to meet the requirements of the province for more than two weeks. NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino said the food agency’s warehouses in Caraga have rice stocks amounting to more than...
The government said it has temporarily suspended the issuance of import permits for poultry meat and other poultry products from Kuwait and the Czech Republic, where a lethal strain of the bird-flu virus has been detected. In two separate memorandum orders published over the weekend, the Department of Agriculture (DA)...
With  just a year left before Pakistan’s general elections, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is wooing an industry that accounts for about half of the nation’s labor force. Sharif intervened in January to reinstate an eight-month-old fertilizer subsidy in a bid to reverse a drop in Pakistan’s farming output. The biggest beneficiaries...
The average farm-gate price of paddy rice in the fourth week of January reached P18.08 per kilogram, 3.32 percent higher than the P17.50/kg recorded a year ago, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The PSA report showed that this is the first time since the...
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi—The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will allocate P10 million to develop the cassava industry of this province. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol on Monday made the announcement, as he visited the public market of this municipality and checked the farm and marine products being sold by farmers...
The country’s rice inventory at the start of 2017 declined by 13.5 percent to 2.77 million metric tons (MMT), from 3.2 MMT recorded a year ago, according to a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The rice inventory as of January 1, however, was enough for the country’s rice...