agriculture in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on agriculture in the Philippines


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

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

[ANALYSIS] Dismal growth: Why is the PH economy losing its momentum?

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Economic managers need to be more forthright about the state of the Philippine economy and not paint a picture of it that is rosier than the data suggest

Farmers' preferences to be considered in agriculture procurement

May 06, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says reforming the procurement process for farmers will result in better bidding and production

RIGHT FIT. Choosing what farmers prefer during the procurement process will ensure better production, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

3 regions post high rice yields despite El Niño

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Central Luzon, Ilocos, and Cagayan Valley survive the onslaught of El Niño due to proper irrigation, according to their agriculture regional directors

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Agricultural trade deficit expands in Q4 2018

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Despite a wide deficit, the Philippines' agricultural trade grows by almost 16% to $5.23 billion in the 4th quarter of 2018

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

Agriculture grows a meager 0.56% in 2018, misses target

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The 2018 growth rate of the agriculture sector is far below the target of 4%

To tame inflation, agriculture must improve – economic managers

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Economic managers urge the Department of Agriculture to invest in modern farming tools to improve farmer productivity

IMPROVEMENT. Economic managers call on the Department of Agriculture to implement programs to improve farmer productivity. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Agricultural output slows down in 1st quarter of 2018

May 09, 2018 - 3:42 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority reports that crops and livestock production slowed down, while fisheries fell to negative territory

Agricultural output slows down in first quarter 2018

ASEAN businesses not a threat to Filipino farmers

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Helping farmers should form part of companies' corporate strategy and not just fall under their corporate social responsibility, say experts at the 2nd Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship Conference

Agusan del Sur villagers monitor farm-to-market road projects

Jul 18, 2016 - 4:06 PM

In barangays San Isidro Talacogon and Songkoy of Esperanza town leaders and residents actively track the progress of projects in their villages and make sure that these are up to standards

CITIZEN MONITORING. PRDP personnel, LGU engineer, contractor and local residents actively join the monitoring of the ongoing concreting of Tag-Anahaw-San Isidro farm-to-market road in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. Photo by Gian Enrique

Envoy warns Filipinos vs bogus agri jobs in New Zealand

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Be careful be very wary of people offering and recruiting for jobs in New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan tells students in Misamis Oriental

WARNING. New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan apprises students of the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology in Misamis Oriental on his government's probe into scam preying on foreign agricultural workers. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/ Rappler

Leni Robredo: Expand feeding programs, create Food Council

Jan 19, 2016 - 4:44 PM

The vice presidential bet proposes an expanded feeding program with food sourced from the country s poorest farmers

Ibon to PH: One more chance? No, break up with APEC

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:00 AM

In a MovePH interview via Facebook Live Stream Ibon Foundation suggests that the Philippines should call it quits with APEC for the pain it has reportedly caused the country

Just realign for El Niño agri funds, don't ask for more – Drilon

Sep 04, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The senate president suggests a joint resolution by Congress to speed up the release of funds to the Department of Agriculture for El Niño preparations and response

Hacienda Matias: Taking steps towards the right to adequate food

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:45 AM

How is one s right to own land linked to achieving one s right to adequate food? This is the story of the Hacienda Matias farmers

The installed farmer beneficiaries are happy that they can finally harvest peacefully in their land, July 2, 2015 (© Astrud Lea Beringer) Astrud Lea Beringer

AEC 2015: Will PH firms be market disruptors?

May 21, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Businessmen analysts and senior government officials weigh in on how the Philippines will fare once the ASEAN Economic Community comes into force in December and the challenges it has to address now

READY OR NOT. Is the Philippines ready for the upcoming ASEAN economic community? File photo by Rappler

Agriculture department hiring for rural dev't project

May 04, 2015 - 6:17 PM

The Philippine Rural Development Project funded by a World Bank loan is looking for business development specialists for the nationwide undertaking

DA launches sustainable initiative under WEF

Apr 26, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The Grow Asia Initiative promotes high value crops to improve the quality of life in rural areas

Rising from typhoons through a dairy enterprise

Apr 25, 2015 - 5:31 PM

A dairy enterprise boosts Isabela farmers stuck in a cycle of poverty and uncertainty due to typhoons and natural disasters

What are the top 20 food products consumed by Filipinos?

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The latest Food Consumption Survey reveals that among the top 5 are rice salt cooking oil coffee and sugar

COMMON. The FCS results show that the top 20 commonly consumed food products by Filipinos remain unchanged.

The problem with rice

Nov 01, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Every Filipino is wasting 14 grams of milled rice per day which is equivalent to about 3 tablespoons per person per day The amount of rice wasted by 100 million Filipinos can feed 4 2 million people for the whole year

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

Pangilinan: Want economic growth? Put farmers, fisherfolk first

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:48 AM

The private sector including creative businessmen and social entrepreneurs can make the biggest impact on agriculture says the agriculture official

Alcala: Gov't people could be aiding rice smugglers

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:00 AM

At the agriculture department alone around 200 administrative complaints have been filed against employees suspected of conniving with rice smugglers

EMBATTLED. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala answers questions about rice smuggling operations in the country. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'PH farmers endangered species'

May 22, 2014 - 7:10 AM

Guess what the average age of farmers in the Philippines is?

PH most 'GMO-friendly' country in Southeast Asia?

Sep 14, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Environmentalists farmers are alarmed over continuing approvals of GMOs by the government

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

37 face charges over P200-M agri fund scam

Aug 06, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Benhur Luy whistleblower in the current pork barrel scam is one of the respondents in the P200 million agricultural fund case before the Ombudsman

A file photo of former President Gloria Arroyo during an ASEAN summit in Hanoi, April 9, 2010. Photo by AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy

Roots breakthrough for drought-resistant rice

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:12 PM

Japanese biotechnologists on Sunday said they had developed a rice plant with deeper roots that can sustain high yields in droughts

Image courtesy of Nature Genetics

PH rice stocks up, supply still tight

Jun 17, 2013 - 11:07 AM

Rice inventories in the Philippines increases 12 in May due mainly to imports from its Asian neighbors

TIGHT SUPPLY. Rice, the main commodity in the Philippines, remains in tight supply in May. AFP file photo shows Filipino farmer in Misamis Oriental

Agri, tourism, exports key to PH sustained growth

Jun 08, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Marketing expert Willy Arcilla and other marketers say the government should focus on agriculture tourism and exports

BACK TO BASICS. Marketing expert Willy Arcilla and other marketers say the government should focus on agriculture, tourism and export. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

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

After 13 yrs, PH may resume onion exports

Mar 20, 2013 - 3:06 PM

The Philippines sent maiden shipment of yellow granex onions to Japan to potentially re start exports of the crop after 13 years

END OF STOPPAGE? The Philippines may resume importation of onions after 13 years. AFP Photo

China attractive market for Philippine coffee

Sep 09, 2012 - 4:19 PM

Due to increasing coffee consumption China becomes an attractive market for Philippine coffee