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Agriculture startup seeks to empower farmers through digital sale platforms

AGRO-DIGITALPH, a startup, hopes to organize a new “digital ecosystem” of farmers to encourage greater use of technology in the industry with the end goal of raising farmer incomes following the disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Dismal fourth-quarter farm output expected

THE RECENT SPATE of strong typhoons that devastated many rice and corn fields in northern Luzon will likely dampen the country’s agriculture output in the fourth quarter, experts said.

Agriculture credit council backs scheme for farmers setting up rural online...

THE Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) supports a bill establishing a credit facility for farmers seeking to become online entrepreneurs focused on agricultural products, according to a House of Representatives committee report.

Agriculture damage from typhoon now at P2.5 billion, says DA

CROP damage from Typhoon Vamco has reached P2.53 billion, with the rice sector taking the biggest hit, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Agricultural output growth slows

GROWTH in agricultural production slowed to 0.7% in the third quarter, as higher crops and fisheries production were offset by declines in livestock and poultry output, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Monday.

Palay performance pointing to improved agriculture output

AGRICULTURAL OUTPUT is likely to have improved in the third quarter due to favorable indications from the rice harvest, supported by good weather and the easing of quarantine restrictions, according to the Agriculture department and industry experts.

Civic groups join DA’s urban agriculture program

Four civic organizations have partnered with the Department of Agriculture (DA) in increasing food production under its urban agriculture program.

La Nina may disrupt global food supply, send prices higher

The La Nina weather system could roil global food production, sending prices higher, as potential droughts and floods bring upheaval to a suite of...

Agricultural trade falls 20% by value in second quarter

AGRICULTURAL TRADE, or imports and exports combined, fell 20% year on year by value to $4.07 billion in the second quarter, with both imports and exports posting declines, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).             

Beef is proving more profitable than chicken in the pandemic

Inexpensive chicken was supposed to be the pick of the proteins in the pandemic. But suppliers with a greater focus on beef are outperforming those that rely more on poultry.

PHL agriculture worker wages averaged P331.10

PHILIPPINE farm workers received wages averaging P331.10 per day in 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Agriculture to keep rural poor afloat; urban poor seen more distressed 

ACTING SOCIOECONOMIC Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said demand for agricultural products will sustain the rural poor, while their urban counterparts will suffer disproportionately because of the pandemic-induced slowdown in business.

ADB OK’s $400-M loan for PHL agricultural sector

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday said it has approved a $400-million (P19.576-billion) loan to support Philippine government’s reforms that aim to improve competitiveness of the agriculture sector and reduce poverty in rural areas.

Agriculture dep’t aims to double value of farm and fishery exports...

THE Philippines aims to export more farm and fishery products to Canada with a target of doubling the value of such shipments over the medium term, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Startup entrepreneurs see opportunities in PH agriculture

By Mariel Alison L. Aguinaldo The agricultural supply chain must be shortened, consolidated, and modernized, said agritech (agricultural technology) startup entrepreneurs.   “Every time there’s a drop...

Farm output likely shrank in 2nd quarter

LOCAL agricultural production likely contracted, albeit at a slower pace, in the second quarter, as the strict lockdown affected the employment of farm workers and prevented them from transporting their harvest, economists said.

Signs of farm ‘revolution’ in India as coronavirus prompts change

RAIPUR JATTAN, India/SINGAPORE — For more than two decades, Indian farmer Ravindra Kajal cultivated rice the way his forefathers had—every June he flooded his fields with water before hiring an army of farmhands to plant paddy seedlings.

Pact to aid poor cocoa farmers in peril as COVID-19 hits...

LONDON/ABIDJAN — The steepest dive in cocoa demand in a decade has thrown into jeopardy a plan by top producers Ivory Coast and Ghana to guarantee some two million farmers a living wage, sources within the countries’ regulators said.

Rural banks increase health and agriculture lending

LOAN DISBURSEMENTS by rural banks to essential sectors such as health and agriculture rose during the pandemic, the industry association said.

BARMM flags rising virus cases, limited testing, supply chains disruptions amid...

THE BANGSAMORO Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government has flagged several challenges they are facing because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic such as...

Education, agriculture budgets suffer deeper cuts

THE government continued to slash the budgets of several departments, including education and agriculture, with funds being redirected for its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response.

Fixing the food system through ‘responsible consumption’

The existing three-step linear food system—food production, marketing, and consumption—is dysfunctional. Consumers are at the core of this food system and their behavior thus influences its outcome. For the system to be fixed, a fourth step—waste management—and circularity need to be established.

Dar lobbies for more resources allocated to agriculture

THE agriculture sector’s budget allocations were “measly” over the last 10 years, and out of all proportion to the industry’s contribution to the economy, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said.

Facing crisis, Cuba calls on citizens to grow more of their...

HAVANA — In the courtyard of a temple belonging to the Abakua Afro-Cuban religious brotherhood in Havana, Nelson Piloto is pulling up the lawn to plant bell peppers and cassava in the face of Cuba’s looming food crisis.

Lending quotas for agriculture to be eased under Senate bill

A MEASURE amending the law setting quotas on bank lending to the agriculture and agrarian reform sectors has been filed in the Senate.

New Benguet facility to cut wastes from unsold food crops

A P20-MILLION food processing facility in La Trinidad, Benguet will be established in order to reduce waste from unsold crops, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said.

Bill promoting urban agriculture hurdles House panels

THE House Committees on Agriculture and Food, and Food Security passed a substitute bill Wednesday seeking to institutionalize community gardens and urban farming to provide alternative sources of food.

PSA, NEDA survey farmers, fishermen on COVID-19 impact

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has tied up with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for a survey that hopes to assess the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on the agriculture and fisheries industries.

DA approves P1-billion loan program amid pandemic

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA), through its Agriculture Credit Policy Council (ACPC), has approved an initial P1 billion for loans to help the sector amid threats to food security caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

DA eyes auction system for commodity imports

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) is now studying following an auction system starting with sugar to ensure transparency in the country’s import system.

Rice tariff collections breach target

NINE MONTHS into implementation of Rice Tariffication Law, tariff collections stood at P12.3 billion as of December last year, breaching the P10-billion target that will be allotted for agriculture development programs, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).

Optimizing agri sector’s potential through tech

By Mark Louis F. Ferrolino, Special Features Writer The Philippines continues to exhibit a stellar economic performance in recent years, making it one of the fastest-growing...

Economic managers to discuss imposition of safeguard duties on rice imports

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar has terminated the process of studying the imposition of safeguard duties on imported rice.

Urban farming bill filed

A LAWMAKER has refiled a bill which seeks to convert idle lands in the metropolitan area into agricultural spots to grow crops to ensure food security.

Sugar groups get House backing vs liberalization of sugar imports

SUGAR GROUPS fighting against the liberalization of sugar importation have gained support from the House of Representatives (HoR) as legislators passed a resolution earlier this week condemning the Department of Finance (DoF)’s deregulation plan.

PAFMIL asks for extension of Turkish flour anti-dumping duty

FLOUR MILLERS are seeking for a five-year extension of the anti-dumping duty on Turkish flour due to expire in 2020.

PhilRice targets to distribute seeds for next year’s dry season by...

THE PHILIPPINE Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is targeting the distribution of rice seeds starting October in preparation for the dry season next year.

ACPC approves P1.5-B funding for SURE Aid

THE Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) has approved P1.5 billion in funding for the expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program for Rice Farmers (SURE Aid).

Sugar output inches lower as crop year nears end

RAW SUGAR production dropped by 0.27% year-on-year as of the first week of July, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) reported, with the crop year nearing its end.

Agriculture sector insider likely to replace Piñol

SOMEONE ALREADY affiliated with the sector is likely to be appointed as the next Agriculture secretary, according to one of the President’s top economic managers.

Agriculture trade deficit widens in Q1

THE trade deficit in agriculture commodities widened in the first quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

PHL is top destination for wheat, soybean

THE PHILIPPINES is one of the top destinations for exported wheat, soybean cake and meal for market year (MY) 2019/2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report.

DA request for emergency procurement of X-Ray machines approved

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will tap a Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) to buy 20 X-ray machines to be deployed in various ports to guard against the entry of pork from African Swine Fever (ASF)-affected countries.

NFA posts highest summer crop procurement

THE National Food Authority (NFA) recorded its highest summer crop procurement in five years at 4.76 million bags.

DA: Young coconuts set for US export

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) are gearing up for the first shipment, set in July, of green or young coconuts to the United States.