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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will provide a P200 million loan to onion farmers’ associations to fund a stockpiling scheme for their produce which will allow them to wait out low-price periods, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said.
THE National Food Authority (NFA) said its warehouses have received 457,747.577 metric tons (MT) worth of imported rice out of the 500,000 MT authorized in the agency’s last year of import operations, consisting of the 25% broken grade of well-milled long grain white rice.
THE Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will meet with Manila Water Co., Inc. on Monday to discuss measures to compensate the company’s 6.8 million east zone customers for the water shortage that started on March 6.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it now estimates El Niño-related crop damage at P1.33 billion, with an estimated volume of 78,348 metric tons (MT) worth of farm output lost to the weather phenomenon, which has caused severe drought across the country.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has expanded its ban on pork imports to hog feed containing pork products from countries infected by African Swine Fever (ASF), as the government stepped up measures to cordon off the country’s swine industry from the disease.
THE BORACAY Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has carried out the demolition of Boracay Plaza Beach Resort’s structures found in violation of the 30-meter easement zone after its operator failed to heed orders for self-demolition.
SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the mining industry needs to set up its own processing facilities to allow value-addition to take place domestically, though some miners expressed skepticism due to the current freeze on granting new mining permits.
THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said its first-quarter estimate for production of palay, or unmilled rice, was 2.54 million metric tons, down 0.1% from a year earlier, when domestic farmers produced 4.62 million MT.
FARMER-OWNED rubber tire brand Pilipinas Agila Tires will launch on the market in April with an initial product offering of motorcycle tires, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Tuesday.
INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is looking at the possible acquisition of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines’ (HHIC-Philippines) assets to turn it into a multipurpose facility.
THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it remains in discussions with Chelsea Logistics Corp. (CLC) for amendments to its proposal to develop, operate and maintain Davao’s Sasa Port before it can be granted original proponent status (OPS).
AGRICULTURAL exports from the United States to the Philippines are expected to rise 10% to $3.2 billion in 2019, led by soybeans, soybean meal, wheat, dairy products, red meat and poultry, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) lacks the capacity to apply stringent biosecurity measures to counter the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF), a group of farmers claimed.
PILMICO FOODS CORP., the agribusiness and food arm of the Abotiz Equity Ventures (AEV), said that it has turned over P9 million livestock research and training facility to the state-owned Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Bukidnon to boost agricultural research in the region.
THE ISABELA provincial government is offering its rice farmers a P6 per kilo incentive for the first 100 bags of clean and paddy rice sold to the National Food Authority (NFA), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Sunday.
CARGO left unclaimed at port terminals beyond 30 days will be transferred to the port operators’ inland container yards at the expense of the consignees beginning Sunday.
INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) said it is certain it will ultimately take over a container terminal at Port Sudan on the Red Sea despite a strike called by employees to protest the transfer of management control.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it cannot grant an Indonesian request to remove the special safeguards (SSG) on coffee mixes, noting that a surge in imports has harmed domestic coffee producers.
THE inventory of rice held by households, commercial entities and the government rose 19.24% year on year as of Feb. 1, to 2,141.23 thousand metric tons (MT), with volumes held by households, the largest category, declining, while the National Food Authority’s (NFA) holdings rose nearly 400%, the Philippine Statistics Authority said on Thursday.
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it cannot rule out imports of palay, or unmilled rice, by the private sector, after the Department of Agroculture (DA) signalled that it will not allow the practice because of the potential that the shipments might bring in pests or disease.
AN independent think-tank said investment frozen by the open-pit mining ban could have sustained the Philippines through the recent drop in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which fell 4.4% in 2018.
MANILA WATER Co., Inc. is counting on a new water source in Cardona, Rizal plus stop-gap measures such as deep wells and a cross-border flow agreement with the other water concessionaire to help ease the water shortage being felt within its east zone concession.
THE Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) said the government needs to do more to speed up the land conversion process, while also calling for agriculture to become more efficient as marginal land is converted to nonfarm use.
PHILIPPINE wheat imports are expected to rise 8.62% to 6.3 million metric tons in 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.
MALACAÑANG said Monday that relief from the Metro Manila water crisis may have to wait for the onset of the rains, though cloud-seeding was also an option, with the Department of Agriculture saying it ordered seeding in areas of Central Luzon that could help fill the capital’s reservoirs.
THE Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) said it wants to put stop to the “failed” crossbreeding of abaca with pacol, a wild banana that researchers have claimed improves hybridized abaca’s resistance to disease.
TAGOLOAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL -- PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority said it expects HEAD, which makes racquet sports equipment and skis, to start building a plant for tennis balls in Misamis Oriental next year.
THE makers of Minola cooking oil will embark on a week-long road show in Moscow and Minsk, Belarus starting March 18 to introduce coconut oil products to Eastern Europe, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Thursday.
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it expects to decide by the end of March on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Rice Tariffication Act submitted by the National Food Authority (NFA) Council.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said the representative of an Austrian-registered firm which controls a distribution network in Eastern Europe is currently inspecting coconut oil mills in southern Luzon to explore the possibility of producing coconut products for export.
AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol invoked President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s authorization to propose a budget “10 times” his department’s current funding level, which was P56 billion in 2018.
THE Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) cast doubt on Tuesday on the capacity of small government agencies to effectively disburse the P10 billion-a-year Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), one of the features of the Rice Tariffication Law.
THE MUNICIPAL government of Kalibo is ready to receive challenge bids for the rehabilitation of the Kalibo Meat Plant’s principal slaughterhouse, which will also involve the operation and maintenance of the facility.
THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.05% week on week to P19.64 per kilogram in the third week of February, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Monday.
MECHANIZATION of rice farms in the country will begin next year as the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) can only begin procurement once it receives its budget, an official said.
THE PHILIPPINES has continued to languish near the bottom of an annual survey of mining jurisdictions by Canada-based think-tank Fraser Institute as a negative policy environment is about to mark its seventh year, although Fitch Solutions said in a separate note that it expects an easing of industry restrictions to lead to a slight recovery of nickel — of which the country is a leading global source — starting this year.