Farmers want say in gov’t sugar import plans

SUGAR producers said they need to be consulted on the Sugar Regulatory Administration’s (SRA) sugar import plans. In a statement, the Sugar Council said it...

Space data fuel India’s farming innovation drive

BENGALURU — Lokeswara Reddy, an Indian farmer with two decades of experience, has seen his crops flourish after lean years, thanks to earth-observation satellites. Shifting...

China probes agri minister for suspected ‘disciplinary violations’

BEIJING — China’s agriculture minister is being investigated for suspected violations of law and discipline, the anti-graft regulator watchdog said Saturday. Tang Renjian, 61, is...

Extended RCEF needs to be less rigid — analysts

ANY EXTENSION of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) should make the farm modernization fund more flexible, analysts said.

US to provide nearly $200 million to contain bird flu spread on dairy farms

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said it will provide nearly $200 million to fight the spread of avian flu among dairy cows, in the...

Greece to bring in Egyptian farm workers amid labor shortage

ATHENS —  Greece will start bringing in workers from Egypt this summer to take on temporary farming jobs under a deal between the countries...

Sugar output hits 1.86 million MT for crop year, surpassing SRA estimate

SUGAR production during the 2023-2024 crop year amounted to 1.86 million metric tons (MT), millers said, exceeding estimates issued by the Sugar Regulatory Administration...

Rice tariffication law amendment effort seen best focused on RCEF

AMENDMENTS to the law that liberalized rice imports should focus on the system of allocating the funds generated by import tariffs to modernize the...

World food prices up in April for 2nd month, says UN agency

PARIS — The United Nations (UN) food agency’s world price index rose for a second consecutive month in April as higher meat prices and...

South Korea to slap fines on food manufacturers for ‘shrinkflation’

SEOUL — South Korea’s antitrust regulator said food makers and suppliers will be required to notify shoppers if they reduce the size of their...

Non-rice allocations sought in infra-heavy DA proposed budget

THE infrastructure-heavy budget proposed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for next year should accommodate crops other than rice, analysts said.

US regulator gathering data on spices from India after alleged contamination

HYDERABAD — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is gathering information on products of Indian spice makers MDH and Everest after Hong Kong...