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Lima Water assures Batangas customers of enough water supply

ABOITIZ-unit Lima Water Corp. assured that there is enough water supply to meet the demands of 117 industrial manufacturing companies at the Lima Technology...

PSEi slips as investors took profits

PHILIPPINE shares ended the week in negative territory after investors booked profits to steer clear of market uncertainties during the weekend. The bellwether Philippine Stock...

AgriNurture board approves reclassification of shares

Listed agricultural firm AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI) has made adjustments to its articles of incorporation in relation to its authorized capital stock that will provide more trading opportunities for shareholders and investors.

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.

Quezon water supply project restarts after four-year suspension

THE Sumag River Diversion Project (SRDP) in Quezon Province, part of a broader scheme to bring water to Metro Manila, has resumed after being halted in 2016 by the provincial government.

Bamboo given major role in DENR reforestation plan

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said his department has set a target of planting bamboo over 16,867 hectares in 2020 in order to augment the country’s forest cover.

Metro Manila water rates to go down in Q4

CUSTOMERS of the two water concessionaires servicing Metro Manila will see lower water bills in the fourth quarter.

NFA ordered to increase procurement from farmers

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to expand its procurement of palay, or unmilled rice, to help prop up weak farmgate prices.

Bayanihan II seen providing relief to agrarian reform beneficiaries

THE newly signed Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Law (Bayanihan II) features relief measures benefiting agrarian reform beneficiaries, including loan condonation, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said.

Farmers blame low palay prices on ‘unpredictable’ rice imports

THE ‘unpredictable’ pattern of rice imports has depressed farmgate prices of palay, or unmilled rice, according to an organization of farmers.

Third-quarter palay production forecast raised 0.2% to 3.5 MMT

PRODUCTION of palay, or unmilled rice, is estimated at 3.55 million metric tons (MMT) in the third quarter, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), representing a 0.2% upgrade from its previous forecast issued on July 1.

Toyota wants more time to meet production target 

TOYOTA MOTOR Philippines Corp. wants to ask the government to extend the compliance period for automotive companies under an incentive program created to support local car and parts production.

PhilRice mobile app to help optimize fertilizer dosages

THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it has developed a mobile application that will help farmers determine the right amounts of nitrogen fertilizer to use for rice.

Pork imports from Germany banned on African Swine Fever

THE PHILIPPINES has banned pork imports from Germany after the European country reported its first case of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Provinces asked to buy rice, corn from farmers

GOVERNORS of the top rice and corn producing provinces were encouraged to purchase the staples directly from farmers in order to help prop up farmgate prices during the harvest, with the Department of Agriculture pointing to the availability of government credit for such purchases.

AgriNurture extends due diligence for Pay8

LISTED agricultural firm AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI) has decided to extend the due diligence period for its acquisition of information technology company Pay8, Inc.

Maynilad allots P350M for new treatment plants

MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. has earmarked P350 million for the installation of two modular treatment plants in Cavite that aim to provide additional water supply for its 50,000 customers in the province.

World Bank agriculture expert recommends PHL drop focus on individual crops

A WORLD BANK economist said the Philippines needs to move away from a policy of prioritizing specific crops while focusing on improving the resilience and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Regional Updates (09/08/20)

DENR’s Manila Bay ‘white sand’ project violates at least five laws — NGOs SEVERAL NONGOVERNMENT organizations (NGOs) claimed that the dumping of crushed dolomite or...

Palay farmgate price increases 0.2% in third week of August

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.2% week on week to P18.39 per kilogram in the third week of August, with the price up 4.4% year on year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Agricultural trade falls 20% by value in second quarter

AGRICULTURAL TRADE, or imports and exports combined, fell 20% year on year by value to $4.07 billion in the second quarter, with both imports and exports posting declines, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).             

Credit assistance for coconut, coffee farmers readily available — LANDBANK

STATE-LED Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has guaranteed local coconut and coffee farmers that lending programs are ready to help boost their production and incomes.

PHL partially lifts ban on Brazilian poultry imports

THE PHILIPPINES has partially lifted a ban on poultry imports from Brazil in the form of mechanically-deboned meat (MDM).

Regional Updates (09/07/20)

Health dep’t warns DENR’s ‘white sand’ project can cause respiratory ailments INHALATION OF crushed dolomites placed along the shore of Manila Bay — a project...

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.

Regional Updates (09/06/20)

Still no qualifiers for Davao City bus system TWO OF the biggest Mindanao-based bus companies, Bachelor Express, Inc., and Davao Metro Shuttle Corporation, again failed...

Metro Manila water allocation cut after decline in Angat Dam levels

THE WATER allocation for Metro Manila has been reduced to 46 cubic meters per second (cms) from 48 cms to address the declining water...

PSEi ends higher on ‘positive’ prices, jobs data

Philippine shares ended the trading week in positive territory as investors responded favorably to recent reports on the country’s lower inflation and unemployment rates....

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.

DENR, LRA to combine online databases

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will integrate its land database with that of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) to ease the underlying processes behind land transactions.

Regional Updates (09/02/20)

Wawa bulk water supply proponent improves road in Rizal A FIVE-kilometer farm-to-market road in the town of Rodriguez, Rizal will be rehabilitated by WawaJVCo Inc.,...

DA pitches startup capital program to potential young farmers

THE Agriculture department touted its startup loan and technical assistance programs in a pitch to potential young farmers, who are considered critical to the industry’s modernization.

Farm groups seek price support mechanism for corn

THE AGRICULTURE industry has asked the government to create price supports for corn because of price weakness resulting from competition from imported wheat for animal feed.

Major vegetable output mixed in second quarter; tomato, sweet potato production...

PRODUCTION of major vegetables in the second quarter was mixed with output gains posted by farmers of mung beans (monggo), tomato, bitter gourd (ampalaya), native onion, and sweet potato and declines recorded for potato, cabbage, eggplant, bermuda onion, and cassava, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Regional Updates (08/31/20)

Tuna capital’s fish port market to be on 4-day lockdown after COVID-19 infections ALL THREE market halls of the fish port complex in General Santos...

PHL agriculture worker wages averaged P331.10

PHILIPPINE farm workers received wages averaging P331.10 per day in 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Regional Updates (08/30/20)

Baguio eases restrictions for locals, eyes reopening for tourists mid-Oct. SEVERAL QUARANTINE restrictions in Baguio City are lifted effective Monday, Aug. 31, as the local...

Industrial crop production mixed; coconut, coffee output fall

PRODUCTION of coconut, coffee, abaca, and rubber fell in the second quarter, while output of sugar, tobacco, and cacao rose, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 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...

DPWH to complete design of Panguil Bay Bridge by December

THE geotechnical survey to gather data for the design and construction of the P7.38 billion Panguil Bay Bridge in Northern Mindanao has been fast-tracked...

Palay output climbs 7.1% in Q2

PRODUCTION of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 7.1% year on year to 4.13 million metric tons (MT) in the second quarter, the Philippine Statistics...

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.

Palay farmgate price drops 0.1% in mid-August — PSA

THE AVERAGE farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, fell 0.1% week-on-week to P18.35 per kilogram in the second week of August, with the price climbing 4.1% from a year earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.