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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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

Agricultural output worsens, contracts by 1.27% in Q2 2019

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Year-to-date, agricultural output is down by 0.24%. The government is aiming for it to reach 3.5% in 2019.

DA targets at least 1 million kilos of excess mangoes to be sold

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Agriculture sets up stalls in Metro Manila to boost the sales of excess mangoes. Here's where to find them.

Sagip Saka Act for farmers, fisherfolk signed into law

May 27, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Aside from other perks, the new law requires the government to provide capital to agriculture and fisheries graduates to help them pursue enterprises related to their course

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

P300-million loan facility set for Occidental Mindoro onion farmers

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The first P30 million will be given out to onion farmers' cooperatives in the second week of April

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Malaysia, Indonesia to help Philippines settle palm oil dumping

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Malaysia and Indonesia, the two sources of the Philippines' palm oil imports, agree to help combat further dumping and smuggling of the product

This picture taken in Kampar on August 20, 2018 shows a palm oil farmer collecting palm oil seeds in Kampar, Riau province. - Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop. Half a world away, the European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction. (Photo by WAHYUDI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-Malaysia-EU-environment-food-agriculture, FOCUS by Ridwan Nasution and M. Jegathesan

Belarus opens as potential market for agricultural exports

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The opportunity for the Philippines to supply agricultural products to Belarus comes as a government delegation visits Eastern Europe

Workers files stock of round shape fruits at the Balintawak Market on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, six days before the Buena Noche to welcome the New Year. The Filipinos welcome the New Year's Eve by serving 12 kinds of round fruits on the table during Buena Noche, believed to welcome prosperity and abundance for the household. The 12 kinds of round fruits on the table represents each month in a year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Government to settle for 93% rice self-sufficiency rate

Feb 21, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The unimpeded rice importation will mean that the locally produced rice should not fill up the Philippines' rice demand

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

Low prices leave Benguet vegetables rotting

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Long lines of vegetable trucks wait to unload their produce – only to be told that the prices are too low

LA TRINIDAD Vegetable Trading Post. Rappler file photo

Gov't sets suggested retail prices for rice

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol warns that traders who will not follow the SRPs would face jail time and a fine of up to P1 million

After Piñol slams rice imports, PH to import 1 million MT of rice in 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol previously said the Philippines would have a rice problem if the country relied on imports to meet demand for the staple

Economic managers pressure Piñol to curb soaring inflation

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The rising prices of agricultural goods are seen as the 'main drivers of inflation,' and the Department of Agriculture headed by Secretary Emmanuel Piñol 'must act quickly'

Taming rice prices: What lawmakers, experts say

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Putting a cap on prices may sound like a good idea, but it may actually lead to a rice shortage

Robredo hits Piñol: 'Insensitive' to say high rice prices benefit farmers

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also slams the 'conflicting' statements of several government agencies on the ongoing rice crisis

'WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN?' Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the rice crisis in an ambush interview on August 29, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

High rice prices a win for farmers – Piñol

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Farmers never had it so good until today,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

PERSPECTIVE. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol appeals to the public to look at the rice situation in another light. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Bilibid explosion, Charlie Hebdo, Papal visit guidelines | The wRap

Jan 08, 2015 - 7:26 PM

An explosion in a Philippine jail kills at least 1 injures 19 The manhunt for the French magazine massacre suspects begins No bags allowed for those who want to see Pope Francis the Philippines

Food security amid a changing climate

Nov 02, 2014 - 1:52 PM

A resilient agricultural sector is needed to ensure food security in a country threatened by climate change

Graft charges set vs Quedancor execs over favored suppliers

Oct 16, 2014 - 8:50 PM

The Ombudsman says the 5 accused acted in a concerted conspiracy to have 4 private suppliers corner contracts despite their questionable track record

Want to start a farm? 3 tips from Kiko Pangilinan

Oct 07, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan says only a strong private public partnership can sustain growth in the agricultural sector

FARMER-CENTERED. Secretary Francis Pangilinan says the problem with Philippine agriculture is the lack of respect for farmers. File photo from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization

Anti-graft court junks graft case vs former agriculture chief

Jun 13, 2014 - 5:23 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the Quedancor Swine Program had gone wrong in its execution or implementation but was aboveboard

New agri tramlines complete by August

Apr 17, 2013 - 7:31 PM

32 tramline systems will be built in various areas nationwide as part of efforts to increase farmers incomes

Rice self-sufficiency target pushed back

Mar 19, 2013 - 7:55 PM

The government still intends to import some 187 000 metric tons of rice in 2013

NO IMPORTS. The Philippines aims to have no more rice imports by 2014. Photo by AFP

Gov't boosts food supply in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu

Mar 11, 2013 - 8:20 PM

Filipinos affected by the deadly standoff in Sabah have fled to these provinces

RICE FOR REFUGEES. The government is sending more rice and other food items to Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan for returning Filipinos and refugees from Sabah. Photo by AFP

El Niño no threat to Q4 palay production - DA

Nov 03, 2012 - 1:41 PM

Despite the dry spell the Department of Agriculture says the palay production target of 18 46 M metric tons this year may still be achieved

US banana market bigger than China, says Alcala

Sep 14, 2012 - 8:19 PM

DA prepares to ship bananas to the US a larger market than China

Q3 palay output growth seen below forecast

Sep 06, 2012 - 11:53 AM

Weather disturbances in July and August may slow palay production growth to 5 in Q3

Philippines' goal not to import rice may harm world market: ADB

Aug 30, 2012 - 7:44 PM

Self sufficiency could cause price volatility in the intl rice market ADB