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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

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

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.

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

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'

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

[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. Shutterstock.com

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

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

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

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

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

Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines

DA confirms Mekeni longganisa, hotdog tested positive for African swine fever

Nov 04, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Agriculture is still checking where Mekeni sourced its pork that tested positive for African swine fever


QC veterinarian refutes DA claim that the city is ASF-free

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

While 6 infected barangays are cleared of African swine fever, around 2,000 pigs have not yet been culled in Barangay Payatas

NOT YET CLEARED. Quezon City Veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that hog raisers in Barangay Payatas have not been cooperative in culling procedures. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINYON] Sa mga mata ng anak ng isang magsasaka

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Parang isang malaking biro ng tadhana at ng gobyerno na ang mga taong nagbibigay ng maihahain ng masa sa hapag nila ay silang walang maihain dahil sa pagkalugi

[OPINION] Why farm mechanization won't help our farmers

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Department of Agriculture's efforts fail to attack the root of peasant poverty: landlessness

[OPINION] Let’s have coffee, Senator Villar, and talk about research

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'You are one of the country’s best entrepreneurs.... I am confident that you know the significance of research and early innovation in an industry’s success, as smart a woman as you claim to be.'

[OPINION] Cynthia Villar: Champion of the 'personal interest first' policy

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'How I wish that in the future, the Senate may have a more strict way of selecting chairpersons for committees. Put someone in the agricultural committee who does not forget that their service is for the country and the people.'

Milked dry? COA calls for probe into Nabcor's P100-million dairy goat project

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the goals of the 2009 Dairy Goat Development Project 'were not fully realized' due to anomalies

Image of goats from Shutterstock

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says legislators are already set to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections, whose funds can now be realigned to other government programs next year

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

DA confirms hogs in 2 Quezon City barangays positive for African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The QC government orders the immediate culling of all hogs in backyard piggeries in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas

ASF. Backyard hog raiser Julian Gregorio feeds his hogs in their backyard in Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Agriculture department allots P78 million to control African swine fever

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

A task force chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte will be ensuring that the African swine fever outbreak in parts of Rizal and Bulacan will not spread to other areas

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Pampanga bans live pigs from entering its territory

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:14 PM

With the threat of the African swine fever just across its borders, Pampanga becomes the first Luzon province to impose a hog blockade

BOODLE PORK. Residents of Guagua, Pampanga join a boodle fight organized by local officials to show that hogs being raised in the town are not affected by African swine fever. Photo courtesy of Pampanga PIO

African swine fever outbreak contained, says agriculture chief

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the African swine fever cases in Rizal and Bulacan may be considered an outbreak, but not an epidemic

Misamis Oriental bans pork from Luzon, Visayas

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Misamis Oriental joins 3 other provinces which sealed off its borders to prevent its local hog industry from African swine fever contamination

SAFE TO EAT. The Misamis Oriental provincial government barbecued 200 Kg of pork to show that produce from the province is safe to eat and free from the African Swine Fever. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Agriculture department 'floods' market with cheap, imported NFA rice

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar leads the unloading of NFA rice in Commonwealth Market in Quezn City, which will be sold at P27 per kilo

Pig carcasses retrieved along Marikina River

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

'There is no slaughterhouse or piggery in Marikina. The dead pigs could have been from the upstream of Rizal,' says Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro

HOG REMAINS. Pig carcasses are fished out of the Marikina River Thursday, September 12. Photo courtest of Marikina PIO

House wants to increase DA funds to buy more rice from farmers

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers also seek to create a Camp Development Fund, where each police and military camp would get P500 million to modernize facilities

DAVAO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—Muddy water spurts out as a field labor er pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, southern Philippines. Photo taken in March 2016. RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com

African swine fever now in Philippines

Sep 09, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III assure the public that pork is safe to eat, as long as it bears the stamp of the National Meat Inspection Service

Backyard hog raisers Julian Gregorio and wife Regie Gregorio attend to feeding and bathing their hogs adjacent to their house at Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City. The family is worried they might not be able to recoup their money spent of for raising 25 heads of pigs to be sold in their market as the new order and ban on backyard piggery from the Quezon City Local Government takes effect. Local barangay officials have been doing rounds around the area to make sure of compliance even as the family insist that their pigs are well fed and maintained and do not have the swine virus affecting commercial pigs. August 28 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rice prices still not hitting P27/kilo as projected under tariffication law

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Some farmers are already selling palay at a loss, but consumers have yet to enjoy significantly lower rice prices

Where's P4 billion for farmers? Villar grills DBM, DA

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Department of Agriculture to account for how it used the funds that the Department of Budget and Management released in 2018

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler