Full-inspection regime for farm imports deemed impractical

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) needs to implement a risk-based method for determining which agricultural import shipments to inspect, a University of the Philippines economist said.

DAR cuts requirements for transfer of private agricultural land

THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it has streamlined the process of obtaining clearances for the transfer of private agricultural land.  

Brazil states seek int’l funds to fight deforestation

BRASILIA — Nine Brazilian states that are wholly or partially in the Amazon rainforest are negotiating with international organizations for aid to combat deforestation, circumventing the federal government, their governors said on Friday.

Germany detects first ASF outbreak in farmed pigs near Polish border

HAMBURG — The first cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been confirmed in farm pigs in Germany, the country’s federal agriculture ministry said on Friday.

Agriculture tourism seen benefiting from greater mobility for children

AN AGRI-TOURISM business owner said a recent resolution by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) allowing children to visit more sites will help the industry bounce back from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  

Farmers urged to plant more durian as new markets open

DURIAN FARMER Candelario B. Miculob has called on fellow growers to expand production to sustain export markets such as Australia and the United States as well as capture others that are showing interest.

Biden taking on Big Agriculture with program to help small family farms

PRESIDENT JOE Biden’s sweeping executive order promoting competition across American industries aims to give a boost to farmers whose profits have dwindled as multinational companies increasingly dominate markets for crops, chemicals, seeds and meat.

K-12 graduates seen as vehicle for digitalization of rice farming

GRADUATES from the K-to-12 agriculture track are being positioned as possible evangelists for digitizing rice production, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said in a statement last week.

Global meat demand is under threat like ‘never before’ as prices surge

IN THE US, sales of meat at grocery stores are down by more than 12% from a year ago. In Europe, overall beef demand is predicted to fall 1% this year. And in Argentina, home to one of the world’s most carnivorous populations, per-capita beef consumption has dropped almost 4% from 2020.

Agreement signed to rehabilitate Maguindanao banana plantation

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MiNDA) said it has brokered an agreement that will revive part of a closed banana plantation in Maguindanao, with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and multinational exporter Unifrutti committing to assist local growers.