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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.

Anti-swine fever measures small price to pay to preserve ₱200-B hog...

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it would rather see pork prices rise as a result of measures adopted to minimize the risk of African Swine Fever (ASF), than allow the disease to enter the country and devastate the P200- billion hog-raisng industry.

DA to help ask for suspension of pork importation from ‘high-risk’...

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) said it will be requesting for an immediate temporary suspension of importation of pork and pork products from high-risk countries in support of the local hog industry.

El Niño crop damage climbs to P7.96 billion

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said El Niño damage as of April 25 to rice, corn, fisheries, and high-value crops has climbed to P7.96 billion with an estimated volume of 447,889 metric tons (MT) worth of output lost.

Farm tourism gaining ground in PHL

THE PHILIPPINES’ farm tourism sites have helped boost the country’s tourism potential, as total foreign visitor arrivals attributed to agri-tourism grew by 10.24% in January to May last year.

DA suspends bulb onion importations

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) ordered the suspension of imports of bulb onions until the investigation on cartel operations that allegedly manipulate the prices of locally-produced onions concludes.

Rice stocks climb at start of 2019

THE COUNTRY’S rice stocks totalled 2.55 million metric tons (MT) as of Jan. 1, up by 11.40% from the previous year’s level of 2.29 million MT, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Friday.

DA eyes export of coconut oil, bananas, shrimps to Russia

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) aims to tap the unexplored markets of Russia for possible export of coconut oil, banana and shrimps, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Friday.

Farm output target in doubt after flat 3 quarters

THE Department of Agriculture’s (DA) target of 2.5% growth in farm output this year is unlikely to be achieved, an economist said.

IFAD to invest $63.5 million in agricultural enterprises

THE International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will invest $63.5 million to support agriculture-based micro and small enterprises in 20 provinces across Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

SRA reports 18% drop in sugar prices

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said on Friday the farm-gate price of sugar fell 18% this month to P1,634.58 per 50 kilograms from P2,003.60 in July.

South Korean buyer seeking to corner premium mango crop

A SOUTH Korean business group is interested in importing 50 tons per week of premium mangoes from key growing regions like Soccsksargen, Zambales and Guimaras, an order equivalent to the Philippines’ entire output of premium-grade fruit, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said.

Tuna harvest drives Region 12 to PHL-best fish output by value

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Region 12, also known as the South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN) Region, remained the country’s top fish producer with P18 billion in commercial production, or 31% of the national total.

Pork imports from swine fever countries banned

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has banned imports of domestic and wild pig products, including semen, from China, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine due to an African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Drilon says ‘Build, Build, Build’ must address agricultural infrastructure shortcomings

SENATE MINORITY LEADER Franklin M. Drilon on Sunday urged the government to provide infrastructure support to the agriculture sector under its Build, Build, Build program to prevent rice shortages and deter rice traders from taking excessive profits.

On Canadian dairy farms, fear and frustration as US demands trade...

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/MONTREAL — Marie-Pier Vincent, a fourth-generation Quebec dairy farmer, worries it will be even harder to make ends meet if Canada allows more tariff-free imports of milk products from the United States under a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement.

Davao Agri Trade Expo 2018 hoping to promote foreign technology from...

DAVAO CITY — This year’s Davao Agri Trade Expo (DATE) will bring in farming technology from Israel, Taiwan, and New Zealand to help modernize and boost productivity in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

DA chief to issue order against rice hoarders

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol on Friday flagged the problem of rice hoarding in the country, saying he is set to issue an order to help clamp down on this practice.

China’s swine fever outbreak may spread in Asia: FAO

Beijing -- An outbreak of African swine fever in China may spread to other parts of Asia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned...

Vegetable growers face challenges in meeting domestic demand

DAVAO CITY — Vegetable farming could prove to be lucrative with the current domestic supply gap estimated at $3 million and the Asia-Pacific market expected to hit $3 billion in the next three years.

Coffee exporters struggle to find ships for Brazil bumper crop

SAO PAULO/NEW YORK — Brazilian coffee exporters are struggling to find shipping capacity to transport a bumper crop from the world’s top producer, which could result in supply delays to roasters worldwide.

US farm aid plan details to be disclosed Monday

SCHODACK LANDING, N.Y. — US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday that details of a planned $12 billion aid package for US farmers hurt by the Trump administration’s trade wars will be disclosed on Monday.

Youth, cooperatives seen key to bringing technology into agriculture

DAVAO CITY — Tapping the youth, especially farmers’ children, and cooperatives are considered critical to infusing digital technology into Mindanao’s agriculture sector for higher productivity and improved field-to-market operations.

Sustainable agri-tourism gets the spotlight in DoT trade show

The Department of Tourism (DoT) will be promoting sustainable agri-tourism in its food and travel exposition, Philippine Harvest, which will be launched on Friday,...