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Crop damage from storm Vicky now at P129.76 million

CROP damage from tropical storm Krovanh, known in the Philippines as Vicky, was estimated at P129.76 million as of early Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Crop damage from latest typhoon hit P5.4 million — DA

AGRI dep’t crop damage estimates from Typhoon “Vicky” reach P5.37 million in Southern Mindanao.

Agri dep’t lifts suspension on poultry imports from Brazil

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it lifted the suspension on poultry imports from Brazil, after Brazilian veterinary authorities submitted certifications requested by the Philippines.

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Cold storage facilities to be built in Pampanga, Batangas, Davao

FOUR COLD storage warehouses worth P280 million are set to be established in three provinces, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Returning OFWs targeted for agribusiness programs

FIVE government agencies have tied up to offer agribusiness training and support for repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Fish supply declared sufficient until year’s end

THE fish supply has been judged sufficient to meet demand up to the end of 2020, according to the Department of Agriculture.

SRP imposed on more meat, vegetable products

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has expanded the list of basic commodities subject to a suggested retail price (SRP), including more types of meat and vegetables following the series of late-year typhoons that hit the Philippines.

Agri dep’t crop damage estimates from Typhoon Ulysses upgraded to P2.11B

CROP DAMAGE caused by Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) has nearly doubled to P2.11 billion as of Sunday, from the prior estimate of P1.17 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Crop damage estimate from Rolly upgraded to P5.79B

AGRICULTURAL DAMAGE caused by Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) was estimated at P5.79 billion, against the previous estimate of P5.01 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

E-voucher program to disburse cash aid to farmers, fishermen via DBP;...

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it entered into an agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to offer an e-voucher program which will deliver subsidies to farmers and fisherfolk.

Agri dep’t to launch internship program for technical experts

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will hire technical experts as interns as part of an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) in order to address the need for more agriculture professionals, the Labor department said.

Co-op rice import clearances suspended pending DA probe

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has suspended the rice import permit process for farm cooperatives and irrigators’ association on suspicion that some of them are serving as dummies for commercial traders.

Typhoon Rolly crop damage tally raised to P2B

AGRICULTURAL DAMAGE caused by Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) is now estimated at P2 billion, up from the previous tally of P1.75 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Typhoon Rolly leaves P1.75B in agri damage

TYPHOON ROLLY damaged crops worth P1.17 billion, mainly rice, across several regions, according to an initial estimate by the Agriculture department on Monday.

Agriculture damage caused by Typhoon Quinta hits P2.2 billion

AGRICULTURAL damage caused by Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) has hit P2.20 billion, up from the previous estimate of P1.81 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

More pork shipments from Visayas, Mindanao

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it forged a partnership with the hog industry to increase the shipments of live hogs and pork products from the Visayas and Mindanao into Luzon in a bid to bring down pork prices in public markets.

Pork SRP raised after shortages

THE Department of Agriculture said it raised the suggested retail prices (SRPs) for various cuts of pork sold in Metro Manila wet markets and supermarkets to account for shortages caused by African Swine Fever (ASF).

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.