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Agri dep’t threatens pork price manipulators with prosecution

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) acknowledged the possibility of price manipulation in the market for fresh pork and threatened to prosecute farmers and dealers engaged in such activity.

Meat industry says ban on Brazilian poultry imports pose ‘additional burdens’

MEAT IMPORTERS said the current ban imposed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Brazilian poultry products represents an additional burden during tough times for the industry and the economy overall.

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.

Agri dep’t says food imports to be ‘last resort’ measure only

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said additional food imports remain a “last resort,” to be tapped only if domestic sources are unable to meet demand during and beyond the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

DA offers grant program for farm cooperatives

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it developed a grant program that will provide capital to farm cooperatives.

MetroPac foundation, Agri dep’t, Agrea in sustainable food tieup

METRO PACIFIC Investments Foundation (MPIF) said it entered into a partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Agrea Agricultural System International, Inc. on a food sustainability project.

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.

Agri dep’t renews push for rice farmers to cultivate other crops

RICE FARMERS are being encouraged to try growing other crops like corn, onion, and garlic to raise their incomes, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Digitization seen key to improving farm output, logistics, DA says

THE GOVERNMENT will explore improving farm productivity by adopting data-driven methods to ensure farmers become prosperous and to upgrade farm logistics, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Cargo firms sign up for air delivery of Mindanao produce

THREE CARGO FIRMS have agreed to transport by air various high-value crops from Mindanao to Luzon and the Visayas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Rice farmers, consumers receive P100-B worth of assistance and savings –...

MORE THAN P100 billion in assistance and savings has been given to rice farmers and consumers, according to Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar. In a...

DA urges LGUs to add chicken in relief packs

LOCAL GOVERNMENT units (LGUs) were urged to include chicken in their relief packs for vulnerable communities to address the supply glut and normalize prices, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

DA to promote crops harvestable in as little as one month

QUICK-TO-HARVEST crops that can generate income in as little as one month will be a focus of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to ensure the stability of the food supply, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said.

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).

PHL rice supply ‘sufficient’ even with return to stricter lockdown

THE rice supply was deemed sufficient for the rest of the year despite the return of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to a stricter form of lockdown, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Animal disease study targets development of vaccine for livestock, fish

PAMPANGA STATE Agricultural University (PSAU) will conduct a study of diseases affecting livestock and fisheries to aid the development of potential vaccines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

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.