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New rice import shipment deadline seen possibly disrupting market

THE ADDED time given to rice importers to bring in their shipments is “ill-advised” and could disrupt the market for domestically-grown rice if shipments coincide with the harvest, a farmer’s organization said.

4th quarter palay output estimate cut to 7.54 million MT

THE PHILIPPINE Statistics Authority (PSA) said it reduced its estimate for fourth quarter output of palay, or unmilled rice, to 7.54 million metric tons (MT).

Drip irrigation emerges to solve rice paddy problem

JERUSALEM — An Israeli company has developed a drip irrigation system for growing rice to replace the flooded paddies that have supplied the world with rice for generations but cause a surprising level of damage to the environment.

Farmers’ association calls cash-assistance bill a departure from rice competitiveness goals

SENATE BILL (SB) 1927, or the proposed Cash Assistance for Filipino Farmers Act of 2020 runs counter to the original intent of Republic Act (RA) No. 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law, which was to fund competitiveness initiatives for the rice industry, a farmers’ organization said.

Farmgate price of palay rises 1.6% in late Nov.

THE AVERAGE farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 1.6% week on week to P15.63 per kilogram in the third week of November, with the price down 0.4% year on year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Rice seen fading as staple with higher incomes

THE PHILIPPINES’ dependence on rice as its leading staple food is expected to fade as incomes increase and diets are diversified, agriculture experts said.

Rice supply deemed sufficient despite typhoons — Dar

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said the rice inventory is sufficient until the end of the year despite widespread crop damage caused by consecutive typhoons.

Rice researchers urged to focus on heat resistance

THE GOVERNMENT needs to focus rice research on rice varieties that can tolerate high temperatures in anticipation of the rise in global temperatures due to climate change, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said.

Co-op rice import clearances suspended pending DA probe

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has suspended the rice import permit process for farm cooperatives and irrigators’ association on suspicion that some of them are serving as dummies for commercial traders.

PHL rice inventory falls 1% in September

THE national rice inventory dropped 1% year on year to 1.82 million metric tons (MT) in September, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Rice industry ‘resilient,’ posts productivity gains

THE rice industry increased its productivity during the pandemic, according to non-government organization Action for Economic Reforms (AER).

Senate calls for rice, corn import curbs to prevent harvest season...

SENATORS asked the Department of Agriculture (DA) to limit imports of staple foods during harvest season to address weak farmgate prices.

Rice farmers call for safeguard measures probe, extra tariffs

THE Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) called for a safeguard measures investigation into imported rice, rejecting proposals to provide cash aid to farmers from rice tariffs as outlined in a Senate resolution.

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.

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.

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.

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...

July rice inventory falls by a fifth year on year

THE NATIONAL rice inventory fell 19.8% year on year to 2.10 million metric tons (MT) in July, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Rice tariff collections top P11 billion — BoC

RICE TARIFF collections totaled P11.036 billion in the seven months to July, up 4% year on year despite lower import volume, according to Customs data obtained by BusinessWorld.

PHL rice inventory falls 7.8% in June

THE NATIONAL rice inventory fell 7.8% year on year to 2.40 million metric tons (MT) in June, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Palay farmgate price declines 0.5% in mid-July to P18.49/kg

THE AVERAGE farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, fell 0.5% week on week to P18.49 per kilogram in the second week of July, with the price up 3.9% against year-earlier levels, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

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).