French butter melts away from shelves as global demand soars

FRANCE’s much-loved croissant au beurre has run up against the forces of global markets. Finding butter for the breakfast staple has become a challenge across...

Poorest countries finding it difficult to raise food output

COUNTRIES that are most in need of more food to feed their impoverished populations tend to be the ones where farmers have the hardest...

European Union issues Vietnam ‘yellow card’ over illegal fishing

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) said Monday it has given a “yellow card” to Vietnam, warning the Pacific country it could ban seafood exports unless...

Stats agency cuts palay, corn output estimates for Q3

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has downgraded its estimate for both unmilled rice and corn output in the third quarter but its new expected...

Department of Agriculture wants buy-local incentives for food industry

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for a bill that will provide incentives to food manufacturers using domestic produce, in order to drive...

High-value coconut products drive shift away from copra

DAVAO CITY — Coconut farmers in Davao, the top producing region in the country, have been moving away from copra production in favor of...

DA sees no inflationary impact from hike in palay buying price

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he will continue to push for an increase in the government’s buying price for unmilled rice, or palay,...

Piñol says feed industry should buy local

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has appealed to traders dealing in agricultural goods “to be patriotic” by favoring domestic produce over imports. “I cannot stop...

Senate redirects funding from DA’s hybrid-rice push

SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar said the 2018 budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been realigned to direct funds to “more important things”...

Industry says US demand strong despite flap over virgin coconut oil health claims

COCONUT PRODUCTS from the Philippines continue to enjoy strong demand from the US market, an industry association said. The United Coconut Associations of the Philippines...