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Excess rice tariffs to fund gov’t push for crop mix and...

RICE TARIFFS exceeding the P10-billion funding minimum for rice competitiveness will finance a crop diversification program and expanded crop insurance, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Pest control funds mobilized to contain armyworm infestation

FARMERS received P150 million worth of assistance to help control infestation by the fall armyworm, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Nine additional merchants join Agri dep’t online platform

NINE additional merchants joined the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) online selling platform, which the department touted as a milestone in modernizing the supply chain...

Claims of overpriced fertilizer unfounded, bid process ongoing

FRESH claims of overpriced fertilizer procured for distribution to farmers have no basis because the bid process for the second round of acquisitions is ongoing, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Pork suggested retail price raised to P230-P250 in Metro Manila

THE suggested retail price (SRP) for pork sold in Metro Manila was raised to P230-P250 per kilogram, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

DA says fertilizer auctions brought retail prices down

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) said its centralized bidding system for fertilizer procurement helped bring retail prices for urea fertilizer below P1,000 per 50-kilogram bag.

P1.9-B released for typhoon affected farmers, fisherfolk, and ASF-affected hog raisers

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) said that it has released P1.9 billion from its quick response fund (QRF) to help farmers and fisherfolk affected...

PHL currently self-sufficient in poultry after lockdown dampens demand for imports

DOMESTIC chicken production is currently sufficient to meet demand, after a sharp drop in May poultry imports due to trade disruptions caused by the pandemic, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Petron stations host more mobile produce stores

SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) said they opened more mobile produce stores at Petron gas stations around Metro Manila.

Agri dep’t offers farmers incentives to consolidate

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will structure its incentive and assistance programs to favor farms that consolidate in order to increase the harvest and lower costs.

DA seeks $200-million World Bank loan to modernize fisheries

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it requested a $200-million loan from the World Bank which will support the modernization of the fisheries industry.

About 10–15% of city land viable as urban farms

SOME 10–15% of the land area in cities could be converted for use as fruit and vegetable farms, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Crop damage from Typhoon Vongfong hits P1.56B

Crop damage caused by Typhoon Vongfong has reached P1.56 billion, affecting 45,430 farmers and fisherfolk, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday.

DA partners with more companies under e-Kadiwa program

On Friday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with seven companies which will join as sellers under the e-Kadiwa ni Ani At Kita marketing program.

NFA open to probe into smelly rice

THE NATIONAL Food Authority (NFA) said that it is open to any investigation that may be conducted after reports surfaced about the foul odors of rice stock issued to some legislators.

LGUs to take on bigger role in food security plan

THE food security framework adopted by the government will seek to expand the role of local governments in food logistics and distribution, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

DA sees pork shortage by year end, suggests poultry for protein

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) projected that there will be a shortage of pork in the country by the end of year.

Farmers, fishers to receive aid as gov’t extends lockdown

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said qualified farmers and fishers will also receive social amelioration from the government amid the extension of the enhanced community quarantine.

Hybrid seed firm SeedWorks donates P1-M in goods to COVID-19 bayanihan...

SeedWorks PH extends full support to Department of Agriculture’s “Plant, Plant, Plant” program, as well as GMA Kapuso Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Approved ‘survival’ loans for farm sector top P246-M

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has approved P246.3 million worth of loans under its expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program (SURE Aid) to help the farming sector recover from the effects of the pandemic and the resulting quarantine

DA sees adequate stocks of pork, poultry

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) expects the supply of pork and chicken to be sufficient even with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to the ed of April.

Food pass validity extended after ECQ prolonged

ALL food passes in use by accredited truckers of agricultural goods have been revalidated following the extension of Luzon’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Indigenous peoples urged to plant more on ancestral land

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking the use of indigenous peoples’ (IP) ancestral land for food production to shore up food security during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

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.

NCR residents warned against excessive food stockpiling

THE Department of Agriculture said Metro Manila’s population of around 14 million need not maintain more than their usual supplies of food as major commodities like rice are readily available.

Farmers’ group, DA ask Mindanao local governments to avoid blanket ban...

THE DAVAO Hog Farmers Association of Davao, Inc. (HOGFADI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have called on local governments in Mindanao to avoid blanket bans on the entry of hogs and pork products amid confirmed cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in parts of the Davao Region.

Local pork industry takes hit with the African swine fever

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed this month that thousands of local livestock have been affected by ASF. While ASF only impacts pigs and not humans (therefore not a public health threat), the local pork industry is definitely straining against the spread of this new disease.

DA confirms ASF in QC supermarket meat display

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said Friday it has confirmed a case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in a Quezon City meat dealer’s produce chiller.

DA authorizes red onion imports until Feb.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it issued import clearances for red onions to address the inadequate domestic supply.

Fish prices shoot up amid closed season; DA approves importations

PRICES of fish have gone up during the closed fishing season, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday.

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.

Cebu, Bohol provinces tighten watch on entry of raw and processed...

THE GOVERNORS of neighboring provinces Bohol and Cebu have issued directives to tighten watch on the entry of pork meat and processed pork products while the Department of Agriculture (DA) is determining the cause of unusual swine mortality in backyard farms in Luzon.

Benguet potato farmers double yield with seeds from Canada

POTATO FARMERS in Benguet reported double yield with the use of potato seeds from Canada, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

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.

DA to submit proposal on solar-powered irrigation

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to submit a proposal to the National Economic Development Authority-Investment Coordination Council (NEDA-ICC) for the P44-billion Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS).

DA-BPI regional offices put on alert for plant-hopper infestation amid dry...

THE BUREAU of Plant Industry (BPI) of the Department of Agriculture has ordered its regional offices (ROs) to monitor plants, especially rice, for possible infestation of brown plant-hopper as a result of the prevailing drought.

El Niño causes P6-M rice loss in Negros Occidental; other Western...

THE province of Negros Occidental has suffered P6.11 million worth of damage to its rice crop due to the dry spell brought about by the weak El Niño weather phenomenon, according to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-Western Visayas (RDRRMC-6).

DA prepares for cloud seeding operations in SOCCSKSARGEN amid weak El...

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) in the SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) is preparing to conduct cloud seeding operations amid the onset of a weak El Niño and a forecast of below normal rainfall in the coming months.

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.

Piñol orders sacking of NAIA quarantine team amid threat of African...

DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol ordered on Friday the sacking of quarantine team of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after their failure to establish quarantine measures on the entry of pork products from countries affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).

DA to build seed storage domes in Cagayan Valley

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office No. 2 (RFO-02) said it will start operating this year a P10 million dome as a storage facility for seeds and other farm inputs, which can double as a shelter during calamities.

DA eyes development of more rice farms in Samar

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) is planning to open more rice plantations in the island of Samar, citing that the area is less stricken by typhoons, and has enough land area to help compensate losses experienced in the northern and central parts of Luzon.