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Palace sees rice prices falling as imports arrive

MALACAÑANG on Monday said that the arrival of fresh stocks of low-cost rice imports is expected to result in the reduction of commercial rice prices.

DA changes tune on rice self-sufficiency; goal is competitiveness

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said its goal is to improve the competitiveness of rice farmers and now views self-sufficiency as impossible because the government counts any imports, no matter how large, against the 100% goal.

NFA gives rice importers 1-week extension due to bad weather

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said it will give rice importers a one-week extension on the contracted arrival date of their shipments due to bad weather, but added that a substantial portion of the latest batch of imports has landed in various ports.

Duterte: Rice self-sufficiency goal may not be attainable

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, June 13, said he does not believe the country can attain its goal of...

PHL awards five firms in 250,000-ton rice tender

HAMBURG -- The Philippines’ National Food Authority (NFA) on Tuesday made final awards to five trading houses in its purchase of 250,000 tons of rice in an international tender issued on May 22, European traders said.

Government approves 805,200 tons of rice imports under quota scheme

THE STATE grains procurement agency on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for local traders to import up to 805,200 tons of rice under an annual quota scheme, which should boost domestic supply and keep rising prices in check.

Gov’t accepts 250,000MT rice offers from Vietnam, Thailand

THE PHILIPPINES’ National Food Authority (NFA) on Friday accepted offers from both Vietnam and Thailand for 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice supply, as...

Top rice-producing provinces in the Philippines

The Philippines -- one of the world's biggest buyers of palay (unmilled rice) -- had a record-high harvest of 19.28 million tons last year,...

Vietnam willing to export ‘cheap, good quality’ rice to the Philippines

Vietnam expressed willingness to export “cheap and good quality” rice to the Philippines, a Palace official said on Friday during a briefing in Singapore. President...

Rice import bid fails, NFA to rely on private traders

The National Food Authority (NFA) will continue to depend on private traders to provide cheaper rice in the market after its first bidding for...

Duterte wants NFA council abolished — Agriculture chief

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol revealed early Friday, April 6, that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the abolition of the National Food...

Palace denies reports of rice shortage

Malacañang on Tuesday, April 3, said there is no need for the public to panic amidst reports that the National Food Authority (NFA) has...

More land for planting hybrid rice will speed up rice self-sufficiency...

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to reach 100% rice self-sufficiency rate through the increase of allotted land for planting hybrid rice. Agriculture Undersecretary...

Gov’t cites benefits from removal of QR on rice imports

MAJORITY of Filipinos are expected to benefit from lower retail prices of rice should the agricultural tariffication law be amended, the National Economic and...

Duterte orders NFA to import 250,000 tons of rice

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) Council to pursue the procurement of 250,000 metric tons of rice amid supply shortage reports. “There...

Bayer boosts hybrid rice seed production

BAYER Philippines Inc. on Friday officially unveiled an P80-million hybrid seed conditioning line at its facility in Canlubang, Laguna which is expected to increase...

Areas where growing rice is cheap

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) identified 39 rice-growing areas that will benefit from a new 35% tariff imposed on rice imports. Under this...

Rice takes biggest hit among crops destroyed by typhoons Urduja, Vinta

AGRICULTURAL DAMAGES and losses incurred by regions affected by tropical storms Urduja and Vinta amounted to P1.24 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported...

DA: Damage on rice, corn crops at P177M

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that a total of P177 million worth of rice and corn crops were damaged by the tropical storm...

Agriculture output growth slows

By Janina C. Lim Reporter GROWTH of farm production eased last quarter from the preceding three months and a year ago as crops’ and livestock’s slower...

Population growth seen offsetting production gains

ATTEMPTS to achieve rice self-sufficiency by 2020 may go to waste if the rapidly growing population is not controlled, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol...

DA sees no inflationary impact from hike in palay buying price

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he will continue to push for an increase in the government’s buying price for unmilled rice, or palay,...

Agri output in Q3 seen matching Q2; 2017 target within reach

AGRICULTURAL output growth in the third quarter is estimated to have been little changed from the second quarter performance of 6.18%, the Agriculture department...

NFA to impose penalty for delayed rice imports

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said it will penalize suppliers that fail to deliver rice imports on time. “Rice import suppliers who will not meet...

PhilRice touts benefits of genetically modified Golden Rice in fighting Vitamin-A...

THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it is counting on field trials for genetically modified Golden Rice to demonstrate the benefits of delivering...

DA receives no damage reports after typhoon, rains ‘beneficial’ — Piñol

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said no damage reports have been received following the transit of tropical storm Jolina (international name: Pakhar) through some...