Fertilizer subsidies seen as solution to rising rice prices

FERTILIZER SUBSIDIES can help temper the possibility of higher rice prices amid rising input costs, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

DA launches P234-million center for animal diseases

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched the country’s first Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (CenTrAD) in Central Luzon State University (CLSU) worth P234 million.

Bigger DA budget seen needed prior to RCEP market opening

SENATORS who will serve in the next Congress said agriculture budgets must be enlarged to make farmers more competitive in preparation for the market opening contemplated under the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Permit, accreditation rules issued for rabbit importers

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it issued rules for importing rabbits which are designed to minimize the spread of animal diseases cross borders.

UN aid chief had ‘frank, constructive’ talks in Moscow on Ukraine grain

UNITED NATIONS — UN aid chief Martin Griffiths “had frank and constructive discussions” with Russian officials in Moscow on facilitating exports of Ukraine grain from Black Sea ports, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

Vietnam develops ‘world’s first’ African Swine Fever vaccine for commercial use

HANOI — Vietnam said it successfully developed a vaccine to administer to pigs to fight African Swine Fever, with the aim of becoming the first country to commercially produce and export it.

Agri output boost seen as defense against inflation, supply chain chaos

THE agriculture industry must take up a bigger share of supplying the Philippine food requirement in order to contain inflation and blunt the impact of global supply chain disruptions, analysts said.

PhilMech bats for more capable farm machinery industry

THE Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) said the domestic farm machinery industry needs to be built up to reduce dependence on imported equipment.

Rice giant Thailand wants to coordinate price hikes with Vietnam

THAILAND AND VIETNAM should jointly raise rice prices to boost their bargaining power in the global market, according to Thai premier Prayuth Chan-Ocha, a move that threatens higher food costs for consumers worldwide. 

India’s protectionist moves spark concern rice may be next

RICE may be India’s next food protectionism target after it restricted wheat and sugar exports, analysts say, a move that could have a devastating impact on global food security as it’s an important staple. 

Brazil gets critical fertilizer shipments in time for soy planting

BRAZIL is importing record amounts of fertilizer for its massive soybean crop, relieving concerns about supply chain disruptions for products from Russia, its No. 1 supplier.

India wheat export ban to raise demand for rice

India’s ban on wheat exports may cause wheat-dependent countries to shift to rice, with the resulting demand threatening to pressure rice prices upwards, a Department of Agriculture (DA) official said.
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