Rice imports top 1 million MT in late March

PHILIPPINE rice imports have amounted to 1.07 million metric tons (MT) as of late March, according to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). Rice shipments...

Funding approved for first quarter crop insurance

THE Department of Budget and Management said it has approved the release of first quarter funding for crop insurance to compensate for agricultural damage. “In...

Second mango shipment due for delivery to Australia this month

THE PHILIPPINES is set to dispatch 3,000 kilograms of mangoes to Australia this month, the second such shipment sent under the terms of a...

PhilRice eyes inbred rice yields of 5 MT/ha

THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it is seeking to increase the average yield of the inbred rice seed handed out to farmers. Flordeliza...

Founder strife blamed for startup failures

MANY STARTUPS fail not just due to funding problems but because of unresolved conflicts between founders, according to an expert in the psychology of startup teams.

FAO grant funds 3 PHL agri feasibility studies for $1 million

THE PHILIPPINES has received grants worth $1 million from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support technical cooperation projects...

Low glycemic-index rice being trialed in multiple locations, IRRI says

THE International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that rice variants rated low and ultra-low on the glycemic index (GI) are undergoing trials, with market...

EU envoys agree deal on Ukraine agricultural imports, Belgium says

BRUSSELS — Ambassadors from European Union (EU) countries reached a deal to extend tariff-free food imports from Ukraine, with a “balanced approach between support...

In Iraq, water crisis leaves farmers clinging to sidr trees

BASRA — Faced with a failing date palm business due to scarce resources, Iraqi farmer Ismail Ibrahim has planted “sidr,” or jujube, trees which...

Exporters betting on ‘robust’ overseas market for PHL salt

THE PHILIPPINE Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) said that it is hoping that the Philippine Salt Industry Development Act will unlock the overseas market potential...

USDA downgrades PHL rice import forecast as milled rice output picks up

THE US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it downgraded its forecast for Philippine rice imports amid a rise in firecast milled rice production, which it...

Post-harvest support seen as key in taming inflation

ADEQUATE post-harvest support will play a role in easing food inflation by cutting down on food waste, after prices ticked up in February, a legislator said Friday.