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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.

Department of Agriculture green-lights import of 750,000 tons of rice

THE Department of Agriculture has just green-lighted the importation of 750,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, following the devastation recent Typhoon Ompong dealt to rice crops in Northern Luzon last week.

Fisheries bureau clears galunggong in 3 wet markets

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said that there were no traces of formalin in the round scad samples collected in three wet markets last Wednesday.

DA to lift controls on onion imports to force prices lower

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will suspend special safeguards (SSG) on onion imports to stabilize prices.

DA to review 2019 spending on seed after budget cuts

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will review its spending priorities for 2019 after the Department of Budget and Management approved a P49.8-billion budget for the DA, significantly lower than the P60 billion approved for this year.

Agri dep’t bans import of California poultry

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has imposed a temporary ban on the entry of bird products from Southern California after a form of Newcastle disease was confirmed there.

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...

Fisherfolk, farmers get funding assistance, hauling trucks

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) turned over Monday, April 23, P4 million worth of checks and two hauling trucks to the local fisheries and...

DA to expand hybrid rice farms in Northern Samar

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) plans to expand the plantation of hybrid rice seeds in Northern Samar after improving the agri-fishery capacity of the...

Livelihood program set for IPs

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) has developed a scheme to provide the indigenous peoples (IPs) in Malapatan, Sarangani, a sustainable livelihood through planting 2,500...

Ayala Malls host farmers markets over the holidays

MUCH LIKE Makati’s main thoroughfares which are all decked out for Christmas in a distinctly Filipino fashion — from the capiz shell (windowpane oyster)...

Papaya farmers complete first S. Korea order

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Soccsksargen Region said farmers from Tupi, South Cotabato made their first shipment of solo papayas on Oct....