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DA, BCDA to establish P285-M agri-industrial site in New Clark City

THE Agriculture department and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) recently signed an agreement covering the development of the first agri-industrial zone at New Clark City in Tarlac.

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).

DA launches radio station for Batangas farmers, fishing communities

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched a community radio station in Batangas to relay information on agricultural and fishery projects and other news to farming and fishing communities.

DA seeks improved rice quality to address shifting preferences

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it hopes to improve the quality of domestic rice due to shifting consumer preferences, and to better align farmers’ production with market expectations.

Farmers’ groups dispute DA claim of P19 palay average buying price

FARMERS’ ASSOCIATIONS contested an Agriculture department report that buying prices for palay, or unmilled rice, are at or near the P19 per kilogram government support price in the top producing regions, saying that actual prices received for the harvest are much lower.

DA to fund P100 million in UPLB agricultural research

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has set aside P100 million to fund agricultural research at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB).

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.

DA pitches startup capital program to potential young farmers

THE Agriculture department touted its startup loan and technical assistance programs in a pitch to potential young farmers, who are considered critical to the industry’s modernization.

DA reorganizes hog industry data compilation

A JOINT COMMITTEE has been established to consolidate hog industry data in order to better manage emerging animal diseases such as the African Swine Fever (ASF), according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Farm, fisheries ‘clustering’ to be required for some DA aid

THE government will help the agriculture sector achieve sufficient scale to better access financing and equipment under a program known as Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2).

DA proposes P284.4-billion budget for 2021

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) proposed a P284.4-billion budget for 2021 to “sustain, reboot and grow” the agriculture and fisheries sector and make it more resilient as the economy recovers.

DA, PayMaya team up on cash card for farming entrepreneurs

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched an initiative where young entrepreneurs who want to venture into agribusiness via the agency’s financing program can now get their loans using a cash card

Why revert NIA from OP to DA

Reverting the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) from the Office of the President (OP) to the Department of Agriculture (DA) is an important matter that may have, inadvertently, slipped out of the agenda for fine-tuning the country’s food security program. Should not the department charged with the production of a water-dependent crop have authority over the agency that ensures that such farms have enough water?

DA rejects claims it asked poultry industry to limit production

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) did not ask the poultry industry to limit production.

DA says crop damage from typhoon hit P1B

CROP DAMAGE caused by Typhoon Vongfong has reached P1.04 billion, affecting almost 22,000 farmers, the Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

DA assures checkpoint snags for food cargoes resolved

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said he has resolved the issue of food cargoes that were held up at local government-run checkpoints, after conferring with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

SMC, DA tie up for food security

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) will partner with the Department of Agriculture (DA) in two initiatives that will help secure food supply as farmers struggle from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Not enough dairy animals to reach milk self sufficiency

DESPITE the reported increase in the number of dairy animals, this is not enough to reach the desired local milk sufficiency level, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.

DA says ASF cases tapering off

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY William D. Dar said on Thursday that cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country is already on the decline.

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By Adrian Paul B. Conoza, Special Features Writer Digital innovation has been changing a lot of processes, from how people perform daily routines to how businesses...

DA gives away farming tools to Iloilo farmers

THE Agriculture department has given away P135.4 million worth of farming equipment to rice and corn farmers in Iloilo, it said in a statement yesterday.

African Swine Fever outbreak confirmed

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) on Monday confirmed the first outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Philippines, adding that quarantine measures have been tightened to prevent the spread of the virus.

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.

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.

Galunggong imports to be suspended as fishing season opens

THE Department of Agriculture said that it is planning to suspend the importation of round scad, or “galunggong,” as the fishing season for the species opens.

Russian company orders 2 tons of mangoes a week from Guimaras...

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said a Russian company has placed an order of 2 million tons of mangoes a week with growers in Guimaras.

Agri dep’t steering farmers to plant high-end rice

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is now encouraging farmers to plant special rice to fill a developing niche for “good eating quality” and “aromatic” varieties whose prices are not controlled, in the face of more liberal imports of rice intended for low-cost markets.

DA treading carefully amid calls for pork, chicken import ban

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will review recommendations by farmers and some politicians to impose a total import ban chicken and pork, Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Thursday.

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.

DA chief bares $2.43-million grant from South Korea for greenhouse projects

By Janina C. Lim, Reporter THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has received from the South Korean government a grant to be used in beefing up...

DA-Davao sets P10-M seed fund for Gulayan program

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture-Davao Region office (DA-11) has earmarked a P10 million budget for seeds that will be distributed under the Gulayan Program to encourage communities to pursue backyard farming.

DoT deputy moved to DA

MALACAÑANG ANNOUNCED on Thursday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has transferred Department of Tourism (DoT) Undersecretary Jose Garbriel “Pompee” M. La Viña to the Department of Agriculture (DA), taking over the position of former DA undersecretary Bernadette Fatima R. Puyat who now serves as Tourism secretary.

DA places garlic import permits under Secretary’s direct control

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he has placed the issue of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) permits for garlic importers under his control to...