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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).
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.
AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar has terminated the process of studying the imposition of safeguard duties on imported rice.
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.
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.
THE PHILIPPINE Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is targeting the distribution of rice seeds starting October in preparation for the dry season next year.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
THE Philippines loses nearly 900,000 metric tons of rice each year between farm and market, according to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol still has the trust and confidence of President Rodrigo R. Duterte despite a call by lawmakers...
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...
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 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.
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.
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.
Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food chairperson Cynthia A. Villar requested that the Department of Budget and Management to allocate additional funds for rice...
THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has stepped in to curb what it tagged as “a massive price inflation of rice and shortage of food supply” in the island province of Sulu.
Farm damage incurred from two consecutive typhoons and a tropical depression has reached more than a billion pesos, the Agriculture department said. The Department of...
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said its goal is to improve the competitiveness of rice farmers and now views self-sufficiency as impossible because the government counts any imports, no matter how large, against the 100% goal.
THE National Food Authority (NFA) said it will give rice importers a one-week extension on the contracted arrival date of their shipments due to bad weather, but added that a substantial portion of the latest batch of imports has landed in various ports.
By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, June 13, said he does not believe the country can attain its goal of...
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