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...

Consumer gulf widens as demand for premium and budget foods grows

LONDON — From Nestlé to Danone, food companies are seeing shoppers that want either premium or cheaper products, with less interest in items in...

Tree replanting singled out as priority use of coco trust fund

THE GOVERNMENT needs to fully utilize the coconut levy asset fund to revitalize the industry by mounting a major replanting effort, according to coconut products manufacturer Axelum Resources Corp.

CA revokes biosafety permits for Golden Rice, Bt Eggplant

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has revoked the biosafety permits for the commercial propagation of Golden Rice and Bt Eggplant, citing their potential risks...

Australia pushing farm chemicals regulator reforms

CANBERRA — The Australian government will push the country’s farm chemicals regulator to improve the quality and integrity of its decision-making and reduce its...