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Friday, March 24, 2017
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 NFA Council (NFAC) has not yet decided on the food...
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. Mamaril also ordered the agency’s regional directors to monitor areas...
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 2.05 MMT produced by the Philippines last year, when 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 made the pronouncement after stakeholders in the sugar industry staged...
ALEOSAN, North Cotabato —The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the local government unit have launched the “Livestock Oksyon” Market (LOM) here  in a bid for livestock farmers selling their animals to get a fair price. Arnol  Esteban, a goat and hog raiser from Barangay Pagangan, said on Monday the DA...
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 Liong said President Duterte may sign a bilateral agreement with...
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 Industry (BCCI) made the pronouncement during a meeting with Agriculture...
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 not consult stakeholders, such as soft-drink makers, before it issued...
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 it would be difficult for his department to hit its...
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 “B” or domestic sugar to “A” or sugar for the...
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 the fourth National Rice Technology Forum held in M’lang. Piñol...
A “ridge-to-reef” ecosystem approach to rural development has been adopted in the remote town of Inopacan in Leyte, which is now a model of a food-secure town where farmers plant jackfruit, dipterocarps and grow tilapia. The socioeconomic development at Inopacan, Leyte, is being approached in a different light by the...
Bankrolling various interventions aimed at hiking abaca output to 221,238 metric tons (MT) by 2022 would require a budget of P7 billion, according to a road map prepared by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFida). In the Philippine Abaca Roadmap (PAR) 2017-2022, a copy of which was obtained by...
ROCKLAND, Maine—Maine’s booming lobster industry has a big problem involving a little fish. The state’s iconic lobster fishery is healthy, having set records for volume and value in 2016. But the fishery for herring, a small schooling fish that lobsters love to eat, is another story. Herring is suddenly the second-most...
Manila and Beijing will sign an agreement involving China’s purchase of $1.5 billion worth of Philippine goods, including agricultural products, on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Francis Chua, chairman of the Philippine chapter of the Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce, said the...
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and four other government agencies have agreed to exempt accredited vehicles transporting agricultural commodities from the existing truck ban in the National Capital Region (NCR). The DA said it has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Food Lane Project with the Metropolitan Manila...
The country’s rice inventory in February declined by nearly 22 percent to 2.3 million metric tons (MMT), from 2.94 MMT recorded a year ago, according to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Data from the PSA showed that total rice inventory as of February 1 was also...
A member of the House Committee on Food and Agriculture on Sunday asked the leadership of the lower chamber to include the measure providing free irrigation to farmers, especially rice growers, in its priority bills. Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte Jr. made the statement after the committee endorsed...
The production of major vegetables and root crops, such as cassava and eggplant, expanded in the fourth quarter of 2016 due to favorable weather, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its quarterly report, titled “Major Vegetables and Root crops Quarterly Bulletin”, the PSA said...
The country’s dressed-chicken inventory in February reached 13,828.60 metric tons (MT), nearly 23 percent lower than the 17,947.69 MT recorded a year ago, according to the latest data from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). NMIS data showed chicken purchased abroad accounted for 65.88 percent of the February inventory at...