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Laguna Lake authority to rehabilitate reclaimed sites in Taguig City

THE Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) will take over reclaimed areas in Taguig City which were previously occupied by two companies found to have been illegally dumping waste on the sites which threatens to seep into the lake.

DA’s SRP scheme rolled out in Metro Manila wet markets

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said the imposition of a Suggested Retail Price (SRP) scheme on selected farm goods will take effect initially in Metro Manila wet markets.

DENR orders Boracay firms near shore to build sewage treatment plants

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered establishments along the Boracay shoreline to build their own sewage treatment plants.

Palay farmgate prices rise in mid-June

FARMGATE prices for palay, or unmilled rice, rose in the second week of June to P21.23 per kilogram (kg) with the approach of the so-called lean months, when market supply dries up between harvests, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Davao targets 1,000-ha. in extra land for coffee

THE government is hoping to upgrade the coffee bean crop by raising production in the Davao region and by improving the genetic quality of domestic output.

Boracay Water’s waste-to-energy project gets ‘first proponent status’

BORACAY Island Water Co., Inc. (Boracay Water) on Friday said its proposal for the establishment of a waste-to-energy plant has received “first proponent status” from the local government unit.

Boracay Water to accelerate development of sewage treatment projects

BORACAY Island Water Co., Inc. (Boracay Water) said it will be fast-tracking its sewer projects as requested by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which will mean accelerated spending this year.

Millers could be tasked with packing rice

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking into having rice packaged at the milling stage to comply with Republic Act No. 10611, or the Food Safety Act of 2013.

Suggested retail price scheme for rice, other goods in the works

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is expecting to impose a suggested retail price (SRP) scheme for basic agricultural commodities including rice and livestock products.

Pepsi bottler fined P11.8-M over unauthorized wells

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has imposed a P11.8 million fine on Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) for operating deep well pumps AT its Muntinlupa plant without permits.

DA focused on fixing supply-chain issues to address shortages

A NEWLY appointed undersecretary said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is currently focused on improving the supply chain for farm produce to address complaints by manufacturers of inadequate raw materials, which is forcing them to resort to imports.

DA changes tune on rice self-sufficiency; goal is competitiveness

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said its goal is to improve the competitiveness of rice farmers and now views self-sufficiency as impossible because the government counts any imports, no matter how large, against the 100% goal.

Seed supply company targets growing urban farming market

VEGETABLE and flower seed producer and supplier East-West Seed Co. is planning to expand its portfolio by offering vertical farming solutions such as hydroponic units and smaller greenhouses to urban dwellers.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters

BEYOND just helping me out a bit with math, science, or English grammar during my youth, Dad rarely ever sat me down and said, “Today, we will spend time learning values,” or “Son, let me tell you all about how businesses work.”

FNI unit inks supply deal with Chinese company

GLOBAL Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) said its subsidiary signed a contract to supply nickel ore to a Chinese firm this year.

Duterte reaffirms ‘entire island’ of Boracay to go under land reform

AMID REHABILITATION efforts in the tourist island of Boracay, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Wednesday, “I’m declaring land reform for the entire island of Boracay.”

Palay farmgate price rises 8.71% year on year

THE farmgate price for palay, or unmilled rice, rose 8.71% year on year in the second week of May to P20.97 per kilogram (kg),...

Sugar supply to be verified by satellite

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) will be improving its sugar forecasts with satellite validation of crops to address...

Fire damages: P100M for LMB, still undetermined for historical records

A FIRE that started during the first hours of May 28 at the Land Management Bureau (LMB)office in Binondo, Manila quickly spread to its...

Forest honey faces challenges to market acceptance

A NONGOVERNMENT organization is hoping to promote forest honey harvested by indigenous peoples (IPs) by providing production and marketing support to gatherers, giving them...

DA’s Piñol says banks’ refusal to lend holding back agriculture

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said banks are to blame for refusing to comply with Republic Act 10000, or the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act...

Agriculture exports to be driven by improved supply, logistics

THE agricultural sector needs to reach a point where supply is reliable and consistent before it can service the export market, food and export...

DA to ask South Korea for lower export tariffs

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking little to no tariffs for agricultural exports to South Korea through a preferential trade agreement (PTA) expected...

CITEM targets $150 million in IFEX sales

THE CENTER for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is targeting a “conservative” $150 million in sales during the 12th International Food Expo (IFEX). Trade...

DA hopes easy-access credit will replace subsidies by 2021

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it hopes to phase out farm subsidies by 2021, replacing them with easy-access credit. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol...

NFA expects rice prices to stabilize next week

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said it expects rice prices to stabilize with subsidized rice selling for between P27 to P32 per kilogram to...

Q1 livestock output rises led by layer chickens

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said most subcategories of the livestock sector reported increased production in the first quarter, led by chickens specialized for...

DENR to fast-track approvals for Boracay sewage treatment plants

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it has reached an agreement with private-sector Boracay stakeholders regarding the construction of sewage treatment...

Palay prices increase 9% year on year in early May

FARMGATE prices for palay, or unmilled rice, rose 9.05% year on year in the first week of May to P20.96 per kilogram (kg), the...

DA rice processing equipment raising yields in Surigao del Sur

RICE farmers in Surigao del Sur are raising their productivity using post-harvest facilities provided under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Farm Mechanization Program, the...

LANDBANK to simplify loan offer to farmers

THE Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) said it will simplify its application processes to allow farmers better access to its products. LandBank President and...

Corporate Earnings Roundup (05/16/18)

7-Eleven PHL’s sales get boost from TRAIN law PHILIPPINE Seven Corp. (PSC) saw its profits jump 20.5% in the first quarter, driven by higher sales...

DA sees Q2 agri output growth of at least 2%

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) expects a recovery in the fisheries subsector to drive agricultural output growth to above 2% in the second quarter. Agriculture...

DA to review rules for importing carabeef

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will be reviewing its importation guidelines for Indian buffalo meat or carabeef after the agency received reports of meat...

Bicol urged to raise rice seed output

THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said farmers in Bicol region need to produce higher-quality seed to increase access to planting material suitable to...

Clean Air Act review to tighten standards, tackle rural pollution

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it is conducting its periodic review of the Clean Air Act of 1999 with an...

PSALM names winning bidders for power plant fuel supply

THE Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) named Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. as the winning bidders for...

Pilmico to open Bukidnon training center for farmers

ABOITIZ Equity Ventures, Inc.’s (AEV) food and agribusiness arm, Pilmico Foods Corp. and the Aboitiz Foundation will open a training complex for livestock farmers...

Rice import auctions to feature safeguards against collusion

THE National Food Authority Council is planning to conduct an auction for rice imports in cooperation with the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr), a...