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Rice farmers want their children to take non-agri jobs

MORE THAN two-thirds of rice farmers want their children to take non-agricultural jobs, a finding which highlights the urgency of social measures to help preserve the farming sector, above and beyond the typical government programs focused on technological interventions, researchers said.

Signs of farm ‘revolution’ in India as coronavirus prompts change

RAIPUR JATTAN, India/SINGAPORE — For more than two decades, Indian farmer Ravindra Kajal cultivated rice the way his forefathers had—every June he flooded his fields with water before hiring an army of farmhands to plant paddy seedlings.

RCEF farmer training programs to continue despite pandemic

TRAINING programs for farmers under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) will continue after being redesigned to minimize health risks amid the coronavirus disease...

Quality rice seed promoted for wet-season planting

THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) recommended that farmers use high-quality seed to ensure good yields during the wet season.

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.

Palay farmgate price firms in late Jan.

THE AVERAGE farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.3% to P15.94 per kilogram (kg) in the last week of January, a price level that remains 19.2% lower year-on-year, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

DA eyes auction system for commodity imports

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) is now studying following an auction system starting with sugar to ensure transparency in the country’s import system.

Rice tariff collections breach target

NINE MONTHS into implementation of Rice Tariffication Law, tariff collections stood at P12.3 billion as of December last year, breaching the P10-billion target that will be allotted for agriculture development programs, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).

Farmers rue broken promises on rice import ban

FARMERS said the government has been inconsistent in its policy statements after it backed down from an earlier announcement suspending rice imports in order to prop up farmer incomes during the harvest.

Rice farmers to be granted P5,000 in one-time cash assistance

THE government is setting aside P3 billion from rice import tariffs to fund a one-time cash assistance program for rice farmers affected by the plunging price of palay, or unmilled rice.

Economic managers to discuss imposition of safeguard duties on rice imports

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar has terminated the process of studying the imposition of safeguard duties on imported rice.

As rice farmers groan, rice company holds a gala

AN OFT-REPEATED legend about Queen Marie Antoinette of France is that when she was told that the people had no bread, she replied, “Then let them eat cake.” The phrase has gone down in history as a marker of the indifference that the wealthy give to the poor.

Mindanao to export initial 5,000 MT of rice to Papua New...

AN INITIAL 5,000 metric tons (MT) of rice from Mindanao will be shipped to Papua New Guinea following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between farmers’ groups represented by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and PNG’s Central Province government.

PhilRice targets to distribute seeds for next year’s dry season by...

THE PHILIPPINE Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is targeting the distribution of rice seeds starting October in preparation for the dry season next year.

ACPC approves P1.5-B funding for SURE Aid

THE Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) has approved P1.5 billion in funding for the expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program for Rice Farmers (SURE Aid).

Rice inventory rises 10.1% in early June

THE national rice inventory was estimated at 2.598 million metric tons (MMT) on June 1, up 10.1% from a year earlier, but fell 11.8% month-on-month, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

PHL is top destination for wheat, soybean

THE PHILIPPINES is one of the top destinations for exported wheat, soybean cake and meal for market year (MY) 2019/2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report.

NFA posts highest summer crop procurement

THE National Food Authority (NFA) recorded its highest summer crop procurement in five years at 4.76 million bags.

Rice prices continue drop

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, fell 0.5% week on week during the third week of May to P18.26 per kilogram (kg), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

El Niño crop damage climbs to P7.96 billion

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said El Niño damage as of April 25 to rice, corn, fisheries, and high-value crops has climbed to P7.96 billion with an estimated volume of 447,889 metric tons (MT) worth of output lost.

Palay prices remain under pressure on prospect of cheaper imports

THE AVERAGE farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, remained on a downtrend in late March as domestic producers remained under pressure due to expected competition from cheaper foreign rice brought in more freely under the terms of the Rice Tariffication Law.

Gov’t issues rice tariff law IRR

THE GOVERNMENT has finally issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Rice Tariffication Act, which President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law in February.

NFA defends debt as part of food security mandate

THE National Food Authority (NFA) defended its total debt of P140.5 billion by end-2018 as the “cost of government’s commitment and policy to make rice available, affordable and accessible to the poor and marginalized sectors, and to stabilize palay and rice supply and prices at the farm and consumer levels.”

El Niño causes P6-M rice loss in Negros Occidental; other Western...

THE province of Negros Occidental has suffered P6.11 million worth of damage to its rice crop due to the dry spell brought about by the weak El Niño weather phenomenon, according to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-Western Visayas (RDRRMC-6).

Rice stocks climb at start of 2019

THE COUNTRY’S rice stocks totalled 2.55 million metric tons (MT) as of Jan. 1, up by 11.40% from the previous year’s level of 2.29 million MT, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Friday.

Initial rice import shipments of 47,000 MT arriving by Dec. 1

THE 47,000 metric tons (MT) of rice awarded to bidders in the latest import auction will arrive by Dec. 1, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said.

Retailers can import up to 350,000 tons of rice

THE National Food Authority (NFA) on Monday approved the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) proposal to allow major retailers to directly import up to 350,000 tons of rice.

Pre-bid conference for rice importation draws 12 companies

TWELVE companies participated in the pre-bid conference for the importation 250,000 metric tons of 25% broken well-milled long grain white rice for the National Food Authority on Friday.

Rice prices rise, just shy of P23 per kilo — PSA

AVERAGE farmgate prices for palay, or unhusked rice, nearly reached P23 per kilogram (kg), rising 17.36% year on year in the first week of September, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed.

PHL rice inventory falls 25%

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the national rice inventory was 1,520.76 thousand metric tons at the start of August, down 25.01% from a year earlier and down 23.61% from a month earlier.

Rice handling, storage losses estimated at nearly 900,000 MT/year

THE Philippines loses nearly 900,000 metric tons of rice each year between farm and market, according to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).

Rice inventories down, corn stocks up as of Aug 1 —...

TOTAL rice inventories as of Aug. 1 were further depleted at 1.52 million metric tons (MT), data from the Philippine Stocks Authority (PSA) showed.

Quarantine bureau clears NFA rice shipment in Albay after treating weevil...

The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) in Region V has cleared the National Food Authority's (NFA) imported rice in Port of Tabaco in Albay...

PHL to import extra 250,000 tons of rice in open tender...

THE PHILIPPINES will import an additional 250,000 tons of rice via an open tender, the state grains procurement agency said on Wednesday, as the government rushes to boost domestic supply and curb rising retail prices of the staple grain.

Political move a bid to change topic from economy — analysts

THE government is deliberately roiling the political landscape to distract the public from more urgent problems like inflation or disruptions to the rice market, analysts said.

Rice prices could pull down number of Filipinos satisfied with the...

THE NUMBER of Filipinos satisfied with the way democracy works under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has dropped to 78% as of March 2018 from 86% in Sept. 2016, but the average remains the highest among past leaders, a Social Weathers Survey (SWS) study reported.

DA chief to issue order against rice hoarders

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol on Friday flagged the problem of rice hoarding in the country, saying he is set to issue an order to help clamp down on this practice.

Agriculture chief still has the President’s trust — Palace

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol still has the trust and confidence of President Rodrigo R. Duterte despite a call by lawmakers...

Smuggled rice seized by Customs may be donated to flood victims...

The Department of Finance (DoF) is open to donating 2,500 tons of white rice seized by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) to the Department...

Philippines eyes extra rice imports amid ‘crisis’ in Mindanao

THE GOVERNMENT’s Agriculture chief said on Monday that he has proposed the importation of an additional 132,000 tons of rice by the private sector to address “very limited” supplies of the staple food in the country’s southern provinces.

House panel calls for investigation of Zamboanga rice shortage

HOUSE COMMITTEE on Agriculture and Food chair Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. said he has filed a resolution to investigate the Zamboanga rice shortage, which was allegedly caused by a crackdown on smuggling and during which large quantities of the staple grain were found to have been contaminated with pests.

Zamboanga City starts rice procurement to reduce market prices

THE ZAMBOANGA City government has started buying rice for distribution to the market at controlled prices following a shortage since early this month that saw rates go up to as much as P80 per kilo.

Rice tariff bill hurdles House on third reading

THE House of Representatives passed on third and final reading on Tuesday House Bill 7735, or the “Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act.”

Budget dep’t asked to allocate funds to farmers before rice tariffs...

SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar, who chairs the chamber’s Committee on Agriculture and Food, has requested that the Department of Budget and Management allocate additional funds for rice farmers until the rice competitiveness enhancement fund (RCEF) takes effect.

Villar asks DBM to allot P10 billion annually for rice farmers

Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food chairperson Cynthia A. Villar requested that the Department of Budget and Management to allocate additional funds for rice...