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Thursday, June 22, 2017
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said it could not collect the P12.31 billion in irrigation service fees (ISFs) from farmers who have refused to pay their debts after the government rolled out its free-irrigation program. NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visayas said he has sought the help of the Office of...
TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan—To help develop the pineapple industry in the coastal town of Santa Ana, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) has extended its assistance to dedicated pineapple farmers there. Joyce Marie Jayme-Calimag, Ceza public relations chief, said the free-port authority assisted the farmers in buying kitchen utensils and raw materials...
The average farm gate price of palay or ummilled rice as of the second week of June rose by 4.56 percent to P19.29 per kilogram, from P18.45 per kg recorded a year ago, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its report, titled “Updates on Palay, Rice and Corn...
The Duterte administration should allocate more funds for its high-value crops (HVC) program to boost local vegetable production and reduce the country’s dependency on imports, an executive of East-West Seed (EWS) said on Tuesday. EWS General Manager Mary Ann Sayoc said the Department of Agriculture (DA) should “calibrate and balance”...
SPOKANE, Washington— Ranchers on Monday sued the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), seeking to force meat to again be labeled if it’s produced in other countries and imported to the United States. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Spokane, seeks to overturn a March 2016 decision by the USDA...
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has partnered with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the establishment of farm schools across the country. The two agencies have partnered for the establishment of Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Farm in School in the Mimaropa region. “There are currently other farm schools...
Amid the fuss on whether to ban “unlimited rice” in the country or not, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday urged Filipinos to consume brown rice rather than the well-milled variety if they want to remain healthy. The DA, through its attached agency the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice),...
By Jovee Marie N. Dela Cruz & Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas The country’s rice inventory as of May 1 declined by 13 percent to 3.21 million metric tons (MMT), from 3.69 MMT recorded a year ago, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Despite the year-on-year reduction...
Only if we fully understand the relationship between agriculture and food and that “AgriFood” means business, will we be able to find solutions to the agricultural sector and get Agripreneurs going. As we all know too well, the Philippines has not fully exploited its comparative advantage in agriculture. Beginning with...
The country’s coffee imports in marketing year (MY) 2017-2018 could go down to 390,000 metric tons (MT) due to lower domestic demand, according to the latest report of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In its report, titled “Coffee: World Markets and Trade”, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)...
Self-reliant cooperatives are a viable alternative to government subsidies to help farmers increase their rice output, according to an expert from the International Rice Research Institute (Irri). Dr. Peter Jennings, senior scientist emeritus at Irri, said the government alone cannot fund agricultural improvements needed to increase the country’s average palay...
KORONADAL CITY—Mangoes from Region 12 have penetrated the United Arab Emirates (UAE), officials said on Thursday. Milagros Casis, Department of Agriculture Region 12 (DA-12) director, said the carabao mangoes that were shipped to Abu Dhabi came from a group of farmers in Tulunan town, North Cotabato. This is the second shipment...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday made an assurance that the Philippines will not experience rice shortage in the coming months, despite the depletion of the National Food Authority’s (NFA) rice stockpile. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol noted that the Philippines produced 4.42 million metric tons (MMT) of unmilled...
The House of Representatives has endorsed for Senate approval a measure providing free irrigation services that aim to help Filipino farmers improve production and increase their income. House Committee on Agriculture and Food Chairman and  party-list Rep. Jose T. Panganiban Jr. of Anac-IP said House Bill (HB) 5670, or the...
Dominador Ercilla has been a farmer almost all his life. Being born into a family of farmers in San Jose, Nueva Ecija, he took the same road when he was forced to quit school after his second year in college due to poverty. He was hoping to get a degree...
The Philippines is projected to import at least 1.5 million metric tons (MMT) of rice this year, 53.33 percent more than the estimated 700,000 metric tons (MT) the country purchased from abroad last year. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) made this estimate in its latest biannual report, titled “Food...
People continue to be drawn to cities by the economic, social and creative opportunities they offer; large cities are more productive than rural areas, producing more patents and yielding higher returns on capital. However, urbanization also presents major challenges. The world’s fastest-growing cities have seen problems adjusting to growth...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has thrown its support behind a proposal to create a bamboo coordinating agency so the Philippines could seize a sizable share of the $20-billion global bamboo market. In a statement released through Growth Publishing, the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) said...
Philippine sugar production as of May 28 has already reached 2.333 million metric tons (MMT), surpassing both the government’s projection and the output in the previous crop year (CY), data from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) showed. Preliminary data from the SRA, a government-owned and -controlled corporation attached to the...
The International Rice Research Institute (Irri) said the Department of Agriculture (DA) has tapped its expertise on rice production, particularly on irrigation efficiency, to help the government hit its rice self-sufficiency target. “Under the national rice program, the Philippine Rice Research Institute and the Irri are undertaking a joint...
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