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Carrageenan industry exploring new industrial applications

THE Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) said new carrageenan applications have improved the industry’s prospects after a safety scare.

Fiber industry regulator to distribute free abaca planting material

THE Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) expects to distribute for free to abaca farmers planting materials that can produce up to 54.4 million abaca plants.

NFA met suppliers’ price to ensure Dec. delivery

MEMBERS of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council had reservations about pursuing a government-to-government (G2G) rice procurement deal under which the Philippines had to pay a higher price to ensure delivery of Thai and Vietnamese rise by the end of 2018.

DILG, BFAR plan to add teeth to inshore bottom-trawling ban

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) signed a joint memorandum circular on Wednesday strengthening enforcement of the ban on bottom trawling within municipal waters.

Cargill to invest P12.5B in PHL

ANIMAL nutrition provider Cargill is investing P12.5 billion ($235 million) to grow its business in the Philippines over the next two years, amid rising domestic demand for chicken and pork.

Rice suppliers accept higher NFA offer price for Dec. shipments

THE National Food Authority (NFA) offered a substantially higher reference price and made a full award of 203,000 metric tons of rice in government-to-government supply deals with Vietnam and Thailand, all for December delivery.

Pork supply seen adequate for holidays, oversupply possible

PORK PRODUCERS said Tuesday that the supply of pork will be sufficient, with the possibility of oversupply, during the yearend holidays, despite an import ban in force against various countries due to African Swine Fever (ASF).

Nickel Asia to buy back up to P1.5B of its shares

LISTED mining company Nickel Asia Corporation on Tuesday said its board of directors approved the plan to buy back up to P1.5 billion worth of shares in the next two years.

Rice imports must avoid harvest window under new planting schedule

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) needs to announce a clear schedule for its proposed new crop timetable to facilitate the timing of imports, according to a former administrator of the National Food Authority (NFA).

NFA expected to survive under rice tariffication regime as keeper of...

SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar, chair of the committee on food and agriculture, said on Monday that the National Food Authority (NFA) will not be abolished with the implementation of the rice tariffication bill.

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.

DA, IPOPHL plan to protect distinctive produce

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) to protect agricultural products from distinctive geographical regions.

Soil, crop studies needed before alterations to planting calendar — expert

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) needs to evaluate soil types and their suitability to crops on a regional basis before it implements changes to the planting calendar, according to an expert from the Climate Change Commission (CCC).

Farmers wary of politicians getting hands on rice tariffs

A FARMERS’ organization said the agriculture sector stands to lose revenue worth P60 billion annually if the rice tariffication bill is enacted, and warned that politicians could get their hands on the collected tariffs.

DA to lobby for increase of biofuel content in diesel for...

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he will lobby for the increase of coconut oil content in fuel to 5% from 2% for fuel used by the government, bringing the biofuel standard to B5 from B2.

DENR open to amendments to Minahang Bayan program

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it is open to amendments on the Minahang Bayan program, as proposed by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).

DENR, MICC push for lifting of MPSA applications

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) are lobbying for the lifting of the moratorium on applications for mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA), which can only be possible with a new fiscal regime, according to an official.

ALQC seeks DENR nod to resume operations

BAGUIO CITY — Suspended quarrying company Apo Land Quarry Corporation (ALQC) is hoping to be allowed to resume operations while they are in the process of complying with the requirements set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

DTI private rice import program only partly awarded

ONLY 15,000 metric tons (MT) of rice has been awarded out of a total of 350,000 MT private-sector import volume allocated to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said.

DA to recommend tariffs on palm oil imports

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY Emmanuel F. Piñol is batting for tariffs on palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia, claiming that imports have been flooding the Philippine market to the detriment of Filipino producers.

Mine safety group says gov’t too uncoordinated to regulate ‘Minahang Bayan’

THE Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) said that the government is uncoordinated in regulating small-scale mining operations and the creation of Minahang Bayan reserves will only make matters worse.

NFA to take applications for private rice import licenses

COMPANIES interested in the open rice importation program may start filing applications today, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said, noting that there is no need to wait for the passage of the rice tariffication bill to proceed with the implementation of the measure.

Ayala Group announces purchasing agreement with El Nido farm cooperatives

THE AYALA GROUP will buy fresh vegetables from a cooperative in El Nido, Palawan with a view towards possibly supplying its resort network in northern Palawan, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday.

NFA private-sector rice auction awards deals for 500,000 MT

FIVE PRIVATE bidders from across Southeast Asia will be awarded contracts by the National Food Authority (NFA) to import 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, with the auction finding takers even though bids were generally lower compared to the reference price of $447.88 quoted in the government-to-government auction earlier in the month.

Nationwide round-up

SUPREME COURT (SC) Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza, a former longtime corporate lawyer, remains the richest magistrate for 2017 with a net worth of P261.08 million based on his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN), which was released yesterday by the SC.

Thai seed firm projecting greater PHL vegetable consumption

THAILAND’S East-West Seed Group said that it will introduce new varieties of seed into the Philippine market where it expects strong growth due to increased consumption of vegetables.

PNG rice planting project ready for harvest in Nov.

RICE planted by Filipino farmers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be ready for harvest in December, to be sold in that country and the excess exported to the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

DA flags development of building materials market for coco waste

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is seeking to develop the building materials market for coconut farmers by touting coconut by-product material as ecologically friendly and low-cost.

Banana industry lobbying South Korea for tax-free imports

THE PILIPINO Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) said that it is in talks with its buyers in South Korea to lobby Seoul to reach a bilateral agreement with the Philippines that allows for tax-free imports of Philippine bananas, from 30% currently.

NFA adjusts reference price for rice imports after failing to draw...

THE National Food Authority (NFA) Council has authorized an adjustment in the reference price for the import auction covering 203,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, in the hope that the new price will be more acceptable to key government-to-government suppliers Vietnam and Thailand.

Suppliers refuse to meet NFA price as rice auction fails again

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said it rejected the bids of Thailand and Vietnam in the second government-to-government (G2G) auction for 203,000 metric tons (MT) of long grain rice at the 25% broken grade, with bids much higher than the $447.88 per MT reference price.

DENR to act on garbage shipped from South Korea

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Tuesday that appropriate action will be taken once a report on garbage shipped from South Korea to the Philippines is released, possibly this week.

Cement firm to lay off workers

APO Cement Corporation said that it is now forced to lay-off about 30% of its employees and terminate 40% of its contractors after the shutdown of its principal raw material supplier Apo Land & Quarry Corporation (ALQC) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, following a landslide in Naga, Cebu last September.

How inflation exposed gaps in the food supply chain

LAGUNA -- The onset of 6.7% inflation in September disrupted many people’s lives, not least of them the poor, who now have to make do with less. Inflation’s effects are visible to anyone who fills up his car with fuel or puts together a household budget or buys groceries. For those who spend most of their time in the online world, inflation has even become meme-worthy, with the price of the humble sili scandalizing the population and urban legends cropping up about commuters offering to pay their way with chili peppers, once so common as to be given away free at restaurants, now worth their proverbial weight in bus fare.

Tilapia markets underdeveloped despite strong Philippine production — BFAR

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Agricultural Resources (BFAR) said that the Philippines has to develop markets for tilapia, a widely-cultivated fish, amid a consumer preference for galunggong, or round scad.

USDA forecasts 10% rise in food exports to PHL

THE United States is projecting a 10% increase in foodexports to the Philippines to $2.83 billion in 2018.

IPPCA opposes increase in diesel biofuel component

THE Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) opposed the plan of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to increase the biofuel component in diesel to B5 from B2.

IFAD to invest $63.5 million in agricultural enterprises

THE International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will invest $63.5 million to support agriculture-based micro and small enterprises in 20 provinces across Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

PCA to seek implementation of 5% coconut content in diesel

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said that the board of governors of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will recommend to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to fully implement a law increasing the coconut content of diesel to 5%.

Q3 farm output weighs on overall economic growth with first drop...

THE COUNTRY’s agricultural production fell for the first time in seven quarters in the three months to September amid the onslaught of four storms, according to data released on Wednesday by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), showing the sector weighed on overall economic growth for the same period which will be reported Thursday.

ANI inks deal with China’s SinoChem

AGRINURTURE, Inc. (ANI) signed a $37.6-million supply deal with Beijing-based conglomerate SinoChem.

NFA rice auction attracts 13 potential international bidders

THIRTEEN international companies participated in the pre-bid conference of the National Food Authority (NFA) on Wednesday for an import order covering 500,000 metric tons (MT) of long-grain white rice of the 25% broken grade.

NFA rice import rebid fails to attract offers

THE AUCTION Tuesday for the 203,000 metric tons (MT) of rice by the National Food Authority (NFA) under a government-to-government (G2G) agreement failed to attract offers from Thailand and Vietnam.

Typhoon Rosita crop damage seen at P2.6B

THE DAMAGE to agriculture inflicted by typhoon Rosita (international name: Yutu) hit P2.60 billion, affecting 103,605 hectares of land in the Cordillera Administrative region and Regions 1 to 3, based on estimates issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center (DRRMC).

Sugar industry seeking to reverse SIDA budget cuts

THE CONFEDERATION of Sugar Producers (CONFED) in Negros and Panay said it is lobbying Congress to reverse the budget cuts which reduced the funding for the Sugar Industry Development Act (SIDA) to P500 million next year from P2 billion in 2018.