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DA, BCDA eye PH's first agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The 30-hectare project is targeted to begin construction in 2021

SITE INSPECTION. DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero, and BCDA Vice President Arrey Perez inspect the site of the planned agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City on July 1, 2020.  Photo from the Facebook page of DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero

[OPINION] In the service of the Filipino

Jul 09, 2020 - 6:52 PM

'What has ABS-CBN done in the service of the Filipino? This is the accusing, if not sarcastic, question many administration allies ask...'

Finns turn to berry-picking as coronavirus job losses bite

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Seasonal workers handling Finland's berry harvests usually come from abroad, but the coronavirus pandemic prompts farmers to seek help from locals

A young Finnish worker checks the strawberries before weighing them in Lahti, Finland, on July 2, 2020. - Thousands of Finns have answered a desperate call from farmers to save the summer's berry harvest, after coronavirus restrictions have kept many of the usual foreign pickers away. (Photo by Alessandro RAMPAZZO / AFP)

Vietnam's lychee crop not bearing fruit as prices slump

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Vietnam usually exports more than $30 million worth of fresh lychees each season, but business is down as the coronavirus crisis triggers border closures

Vietnamese farmers arrive with harvested lychees for sale to domestic traders at a wholesale market in Luc Ngan district of Vietnam's Bac Giang province on June 9, 2020. - Each year, Vietnam exports up to 100,000 tonnes of fresh lychees, earning more than 30 million USD in the season which often last between mid May and end of June. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

[OPINION] The animal industry can be the next pandemic ground zero

May 30, 2020 - 9:30 AM

'Supporting our local farmers and domestic agricultural industry should be an important foundation of a post-pandemic, green way of life'

Typhoon Ambo causes P1.37 billion in damage to agriculture

May 26, 2020 - 8:55 PM

The Department of Agriculture says Typhoon Ambo (Vongfong) affected 70,533 farmers and fisherfolk in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas

Residents brave rains and strong wind as they walk past uprooted trees along a highway in Can-avid town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines on May 14, 2020, as Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall. - A powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines on May 14, forcing a complicated and risky evacuation for tens of thousands already hunkered down at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the twin threat of the storm and the virus, evacuation centres in the central Philippines will only accept half their capacity and evacuees will have to wear facemasks. (Photo by Alren BERONIO / AFP)

LOOK: James Reid is new DA ambassador for Food Security

May 26, 2020 - 5:24 PM

'Tara na, plant, plant, plant,' says the actor-slash-food security ambassador

'It's kind of glum': U.S. farmers worry as crop prices dip

May 25, 2020 - 10:30 PM

American farmers are seen to lose billions of dollars in revenues amid the coronavirus pandemic

Farmer Dave Burrier walks back to his tractor as he plants corn in the Marvin Chapel field in Mount Airy, Maryland on May 19, 2020. - Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground. Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

Going into agriculture? DA has P2.5B in loans for MSMEs, returning OFWs

May 18, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the loans are zero interest, with technical assistance from the government

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Grab teams up with Department of Agriculture for its online delivery service

May 16, 2020 - 10:48 PM

The eKadiwa project will provide access to local produce from the Department of Agriculture's partner agripreneurs. GrabExpress will handle deliveries through its service.

TEAMING UP. Grab Philippines President Brian Cu, Dept of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, and GrabExpress Philippines Head Jacq Lim. Photo from press release.

Philippines to remain world's top rice importer until 2021

May 13, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines is expected to import around 2.5 million MT of rice in 2020 and 3.3 million MT in 2021

DA allocates P230 million to use ancestral lands for food production

May 11, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Department of Agriculture supports a project to develop some 20,000 hectares of idle ancestral lands for white corn production

Farmers in Pugo, La Union, show off their high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Virus sinks Philippine agriculture by 1.2% in Q1 2020

May 06, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Agriculture stakeholders ask the government to deploy fiscal stimulus to save the sector, as the pandemic cripples supply chains in the country

Department of Agriculture implementing new tech to aid in food security

May 01, 2020 - 6:56 PM

Cloud technology and RFIDs will be in use to track movement of goods, to identify where delays are happening, and to monitor where goods are needed

KADIWA. The Balagtas municipal government in Bulacan buys Cordilleran vegetables through the Department of Agriculture's Kadiwa 'Express' program. Photo from the DA Facebook page

Coronavirus lockdown pushes farmers, fisherfolk into deeper poverty

May 01, 2020 - 9:00 AM

It took a pandemic for the national government to realize the need to buy directly from farmers

Crops rot as Italian farmers hit by virus, drought

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Farmers in Italy suffer a double whammy – the coronavirus lockdown and a drought caused by the driest spring in more than half a century

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 05, 2020 A man walks amid trees in a Mimosa plantation near the village of Seborga, northwestern Italy. - According to the main agricultural union, Coldiretti, almost four out of ten companies in the fruits and vegetables sector are is in financial difficulty. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

Virus throttles Florida's lucrative ornamental plant industry

Apr 19, 2020 - 10:40 PM

'Few people may be aware of the importance of this industry,' says a University of Florida expert, but it is 'a huge economic impact driver'

A woman wears a mask amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) as she buys plants at The Home Depot in Homestead, some 40 miles north of Miami, on April 15, 2020. - The palms that line many roads in the United States, the hedges that divide gardens and parks, the plants and flowers that are sold in supermarkets: much of it is grown in Florida. But their growers are drowning because no one needs an ornamental plant during the pandemic. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

Trump announces $19-billion relief for U.S. farmers

Apr 18, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The United States will make direct payments to farmers, ranchers, and producers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

U.S. AGRICULTURE. A farmer walks through his soy fields in Harvard, Illinois, July 6, 2018. File photo by Nova Safo/AFP

Britain turns to Europe to save its crops

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:55 AM

A charter plane carrying 180 Romanian agricultural workers arrives in Britain at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has forced a lockdown and boosted demand for food

A seasonal worker from Romania picks strawberries at BR Brooks & Son farm in Faversham, south east England on June 29, 2018. - After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine the strawberry season is in full swing in the so-called Garden of England. But with a shortage of seasonal labourers to pick the fruits, a trend exacerbated by Brexit, there are growing fears many may be left to rot on their stems. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Rice, pork, other goods now under coronavirus price freeze

Apr 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Agriculture expands the list of goods under the price freeze 'to ensure availability of basic commodities at reasonable prices'

Cheap beef and wasted milk: U.S. agriculture struggles with virus

Apr 11, 2020 - 12:00 PM

American farmers continue working despite the coronavirus pandemic, but demand is unpredictable and supply chains are disrupted

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 3, 2018 cows at a dairy farm wait to be milked in Hastings, Minnesota. - Milk dumped in fields and cattle prices plunging even as steaks stay expensive: the coronavirus pandemic is hitting American farmers hard. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP)

Produce-rich Argentina's exports ravaged by coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Argentina is a land of plenty, but its export industry has been badly affected by the worldwide lockdown

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 29, 2005 employees cut slaughtered and emptied cattle in half at the workers' cooperative meat processing plant Yaguane, in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. - Argentine produces cereals, legumes, meats, fruits, all goods that will always be in demand. But the current coronavirus pandemic, which in April 2020 keeps half of humanity in confinement, has struck exports from Argentina, one of the world's largest food producers. (Photo by Daniel GARCIA / AFP)

600,000 farmers to receive P5,000 pandemic relief

Apr 06, 2020 - 6:20 PM

'Our rice farmers will receive it as a direct cash transfer that they can use to buy either farm inputs, food for their families, or anything they need,' says Agriculture Secretary William Dar

Virus sparks boom for local farmers in import-dependent Hong Kong

Apr 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

For Hong Kong's dwindling farming community, the coronavirus pandemic sparks a sudden boom in business

In this picture taken in Hong Kong on March 18, 2020, Mandy Tang (centre R), who used to be an interior designer and is now a housewife, picks up a locally grown beetroot at Ma Po Po Community Farm. - After the coronavirus triggered a wave of panic-buying that briefly left Hong Kong's supermarket shelves bare, residents are turning to local producers for fresh food in a city almost entirely reliant on imports. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP) / TO GO WITH: Virus health HongKong food, FOCUS by Su XINQI

Spanish farmers, fishermen feel coronavirus fallout

Apr 05, 2020 - 2:00 PM

With a lockdown in place, sales of perishable goods drop in Spain

Fishermen unload the day's catch in the port of Bueu, northwestern Spain, on April 2, 2020. - Spain imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 14 to fight coronavirus, with people allowed out only to go to work, buy food and medicne, seek medical care and briefly walk their dog. The measures have taken a toll on the economy, the eurozone's fourth-largest. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)

[OPINION] Who will produce our food during the coronavirus crisis?

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:07 PM

'It's about time that people residing in urban areas engage in urban agriculture while they practice home quarantine'

PH to import 300,000 metric tons of rice for 'contingency' during coronavirus outbreak

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:19 PM

The Inter-Agency Task Force is seeking the approval of President Duterte to go through government-to-government arrangements

STOCKPILE. The Philippine government seeks to ensure a 'contingency' rice supply as it addresses the coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Rappler

Bird flu outbreak hits Nueva Ecija town

Mar 16, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The H5N6 strain can be transmitted to humans, but Agriculture Secretary William Dar says transmission is very rare

Consider backyard, rooftop planting during lockdown – DA

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:33 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar assures Metro Manila residents there is enough supply of food, as the capital prepares for the lockdown on March 15

Ex-DA officials get at least 6 years for contract 40 centavos over budget

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'The difference may be minuscule, but there is no question that P2,591,435.40 is greater than P2,591,435.00,' rules the anti-graft Sandiganbayan

DA shuts popular hog auction site in Davao del Sur due to African swine fever

Feb 07, 2020 - 1:57 PM

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region says it will assist vendors affected by the closure of the lucrative pig auction in Sulop town

AUCTION. File photo of pigs.

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-Quezon City lawmaker in fertilizer scam

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Aside from former Quezon City 4th District representative Nanette Daza, the anti-graft court also acquits 10 Department of Agriculture officials and a private defendant

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The Sandiganbayan building. File photo

African swine fever spreads to Malita in Davao Occidental

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:37 PM

A composite team of veterinarians reports incidences of African swine fever in the barangays of Malita – Bito, Kidalapong, Tubalan, Felis, Mana, Talogoy, and New Argao

France bans live shredding of male chicks, piglet castration without anesthesia

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Unwanted as they provide neither meat nor eggs, male chicks are ground up alive, gassed, electrocuted, or asphyxiated in plastic bags

BABIES. Chicks sit in a pen during the 33rd International Livestock Trade Fair in Bruz, a suburb of Rennes, western France, on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP

Philippine agriculture again misses growth target in 2019

Jan 22, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Philippine agricultural growth settles below 1% in 2019, as typhoons hit critical areas and African swine fever spread in Luzon

How about breadfruit for rice?

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The agriculture department's Bureau of Agricultural Research aims to conserve Bicol's breadfruit, one of the region's emerging traditional crops

BREADFRUIT. Can breadfruit serve as an alternative to rice? Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Agricultural damage by Taal Volcano eruption climbs to P3.06 billion

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:26 AM

The fisheries sector is now considered the most affected, with estimated losses amounting to P1.6 billion

HARDEST HIT. The fisheries sector has been most affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Agricultural damage from Taal Volcano eruption hits P577 million

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The damaged commodities include rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and high-value crops

ABANDONED LIVESTOCK. Ash covers livestock and trees in Laurel, Batangas on January 13, 2020, following the eruption of Taal volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Gov't readies cash loan for farmers affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Department of Agriculture says affected farmers and fisherfolk may get a loan of P25,000 with zero interest, payable in 3 years

Typhoon Ursula leaves P65 million damage in Aklan's agriculture

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Heavy losses are recorded in rice, corn, banana, vegetable, and fruit tree plantations. The fisheries sector also takes a hit.

URSULA'S WRATH. The province of Aklan bore the brunt of Typhoon Ursula, which swept across Eastern and Central Visayas on Christmas Eve. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Agriculture Secretary Dar urges Aklan to intensify biosecurity vs ASF

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says authorities must raise biosecurity measures in Kalibo and Caticlan airports to contain and prevent the entry of African swine fever in the province

WILLIAM DAR. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dollente Dar holds a press briefing at the DA Headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ursula hit P782 million

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:45 PM

This is an increase from the initial figure of P695.85 million, due to an updated report from Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas

MILLIONS IN LOSSES. Typhoon Ursula left almost P800 million in agricultural damages and losses in its aftermath. Photo courtesy of @DJRadnie_360 on Twitter

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

Caraga school focused on agriculture can help sustain Lumad communities

Dec 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The students from indigenous communities are, however, displaced by mining operations and military attacks

Photo courtesy by ALCADEV

Fictional Wakanda mistakenly listed as U.S. free-trade partner

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Wakanda forever? The US Department of Agriculture says it had listed Black Panther's country as a free-trade partner during testing and mistakenly let the listing go live on the internet

CA confirms William Dar as agriculture secretary

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'It could not have come at the most opportune time. The department in this junction of time needs a leader like him,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture

SECRETARY. William Dar gets the nod of Commission on Appointments as agriculture secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The Filipino farmer is not a dying breed

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:20 AM

People are now paying attention to how we grow our food, and the youth may capitalize on this movement

Still with no ASF zoning plan, DA wants pork bans lifted

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

'Our eagerness to protect, the intention is good. [But] the process should not actually violate...the privileges of others,' says Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan

OUTBREAK. Barangay volunteers hauled part of the hundreds culled hogs infected with African swine fever at a piggery in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City on October 3, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Stricter requirements, but no rice import ban – agriculture chief

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar says the Philippine government will make it more difficult for rice imports to enter the country to help local farmers, but will not totally ban importation

RESULTS: November 2019 Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer Licensure Exam

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Congratulations to the newest batch of agricultural and biosystems engineers!