Egg empires are coming as bird flu, cage-free rules drive up farm costs

IT’S BECOMING too expensive for some farmers to produce eggs as costs soar due to everything from bird flu to cage-free mandates — and that’s paving the way for giant companies to get even bigger.

Fisheries biotech center to rise in Muñoz, N. Ecija

A FISHERIES biotechnology center will be set up in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija on the campus of Central Luzon State University (CLSU), the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Ukraine 2022 spring crop sowing area could be halved

LVIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s spring crop sowing area may more than halve this year from 2021 levels to some 7 million hectares, its Agriculture Minister Roman Leshchenko said this week, versus 15 million hectares expected before the Russian invasion.

As sanctions bite Russia, fertilizer shortage poses threat to world food supply

CHICAGO — Sky-high fertilizer prices have farmers worldwide scaling back its use and reducing the amount of land they’re planting, fallout from the Ukraine-Russia conflict that has some agricultural industry veterans warning of food shortages.

North Star Meat cites ‘affordability’ of products as top challenge in 2022

NORTH STAR Meat Merchants, Inc. said it considers keeping its products affordable to the public as its main management challenge in 2022 ahead of plans to expand production and a focus on sustainable power to mitigate rising costs and the carbon footprint of livestock raising.

MinDA pitches agri logistics projects to European investors

LOGISTICS and transport connectivity projects that will strengthen the agriculture sector are among the biggest investment opportunities in the southern Philippines, the Mindanao Development Authority (MiNDA) told European businesses at a forum on Friday. 

Ukraine conflict already impacting food security, UN agency warns

LONDON — The war in Ukraine is already resulting in rising food prices and a shortage of staple crops in parts of central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations (UN) International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said on Thursday.

Government pressed on agri subsidies, stockpiling

THE government needs to provide subsidies to help agricultural producers survive rising costs resulting from the Russia invasion of Ukraine, while stockpiling food in anticipation of possible supply disruptions, farmer and fisherfolk organizations said.

Israel calls for more support to unlock potential of foreign-trained farm experts

THE PHILIPPINES needs to find a way to effectively employ the skills of its agriculture experts trained overseas, according to the Israeli ambassador, whose country trains 400 Filipino university graduates a year in farming techniques.

Water seen as adequate for irrigation as Angat levels drop

THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said that the low levels of the Angat Dam pose no threat to farmers serviced by Angat-Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS).