No fees charged on agri machinery, farmers warned

THE Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) warned farmers against persons attempting to collect fees on equipment being distributed through the government’s farm mechanization program. 

From bratwurst to jamon: EU pork sector crown shifts to Spain

MADRID/HAMBURG — When he was a child in Avila province, Albert Pascual’s father bought 100 pigs, but the company he now leads has more than 9,000 — part of a major expansion that has put Spain on track to take over as the European Union’s (EU) top pork producer this year.

Smart agritech projects seen as good candidates for PPP

PUBLIC-PRIVATE partnerships (PPPs) are considered a suitable vehicle for implementing smart agriculture technology projects, a government researcher said. 

Agriculture imports in 2020 fall 11% by value led by rice

THE VALUE of agricultural imports in 2020 fell 11% to P623.98 billion due to the lower imports of commodities such as rice, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). 

US has ‘promising’ vaccine for deadly African Swine Fever

THE US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has potentially found a vaccine to combat African Swine Fever, a disease that devastated hog herds in China and was recently detected in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the agency said.

Hog raisers say industry can’t withstand pork import surge

HOG RAISERS said the industry cannot withstand the volume of pork imports due to arrive based on the volume of approved import clearances.

DoST evaluating hybrid abaca, community weavers for face mask production

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DoST) said it has launched a project tapping hybrid abaca and other fibers as well as community weavers to produce face masks and other protective apparel.  

P24-M shrimp hatchery launched in Mindoro

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) said it launched a P24-million shrimp hatchery in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro on Sept. 24.  

India’s palm campaign has hard row to hoe with water, seedlings scarce

DWARAKA TIRUMALA, India — Tractor convoys trundled thousands of oil palm seedlings to new homes on farms across southeastern India this month, as the world’s top importer of edible oil rolls out an ambitious $1.5-billion plan to boost output.

PHL waters being taken over by invasive fish 

Over the last decade, fisherfolk operating in freshwater lakes and rivers have noticed a shift in the contents of their catch, according to environmental group Best Alternatives.