Global food costs ease from near record, offering respite from inflation

GLOBAL food prices declined from near a record high at the end of last year, offering some respite to consumers and governments facing a wave of inflationary pressures.

Rice tariff collections at nearly P18 billion in 2021 — Customs

THE Bureau of Customs collected P17.9 billion worth of duties from rice imports as of Dec. 10, 2021, exceeding year-earlier collections on increased volumes.

BFAR issues red tide notice for Samar, Leyte

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued a red tide notice in San Pedro, Samar; Cancabato Bay, Leyte and Biliran Island.

Farm equipment distributed in Negros Occidental

FARM EQUIPMENT worth P1.35 million was handed over to an agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) in Negros Occidental alongside training to help mitigate the effects of climate change on crops, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said.

Ivory Coast 2021/22 cocoa port arrivals down 12-13%

ABIDJAN -— Cocoa arrivals at ports in top grower Ivory Coast are down between 12% and 13% from the same period last year and are likely to stay down for the rest of the season, the director general of the Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) said.

Thai prisoners forced to make fishing nets under threat of violence

BANGKOK — Thai prisoners are being forced to make fishing nets for private companies under threat of punishment including beatings and delayed release, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found.

Japanese officials beg public to drink more milk as glut worsens

JAPANESE POLITICIANS are imploring people to drink more milk this winter to prevent tons of excess raw milk from being thrown away. 

Withering crops highlight La Niña fears for Brazil soy farmers

THE IMPACT of the La Niña weather pattern that’s expected to roil global food markets in coming months is already showing up in parts of Brazil, the world’s biggest soybean exporter.

In France, politics not peace trims ‘green’ Christmas trees 

PARIS — The town hall in the 12th arrondissement of Paris is lit up for the festive season but the traditional Christmas tree in the public square is absent. In its place stands a tree-shaped sculpture made of recycled wood.