palay - updates

Rappler's latest stories on palay


House OKs resolution allowing use of 4Ps fund to buy palay from farmers

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:40 PM

House Joint Resolution No. 22 would authorize the government to tap the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to help rice farmers

RICE FARMERS. Muddy water spurts out as a field laborer pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental. File photo by RaksyBH/

House OKs on 2nd reading reso allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The resolution would authorize the government to use the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under 4Ps to buy rice directly from farmers

LOW PRICES. 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. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Senate approves measure using 4Ps fund to buy palay from PH farmers on final reading

Nov 04, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The joint resolution also encourages local governments to buy from Filipino farmers

PRICES. Filipino farmers earn very little, based on data from the government. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

House panel OKs resolution allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:37 PM

House committee on agriculture and food chair Wilfrido Mark Enverga is hoping President Rodrigo Duterte would certify the measure as urgent

RICE CRISIS. Lawmakers are moving to pass measures that would allow the government to purchase palay stock directly from rice farmers. Photo by RaksyBH/

[OPINION] There is no human dignity in the Philippines

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:30 AM

To our government officials: focus on figuring out solutions now. The electorate chose you and put you where you are today because we held on to your promises of change, deliverance, and reprieve.

Palay now just P15.94 per kilo, lowest in 8 years

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:31 PM

In some provinces, palay is sold at P10 per kilo, which points to farmers likely selling it at a loss

Senate OKs on 2nd reading measure allowing gov't to buy palay from local farmers

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:46 PM

The measure proposes that the government buy from farmers in 11 provinces 'with excess' palay production

PRICES. Filipino farmers earn very little, based on data from the government. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

MAP: Palay prices in the Philippines

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:40 PM

While regional averages show that Filipino farmers do not sell below production cost, their earnings remain very little

PRICES. Filipino farmers earn very little, based on data from the government. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

NEDA not keen on setting floor price for palay

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla says limiting how low palay prices can go would go against the purpose of the rice tariffication law

Farmers seek floor price as palay sells for just P7 per kilo

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Producing palay in the Philippines costs around P12 per kilo, but some farmers say they are forced to sell their harvest at P7 just to compete with imported rice

Adjusted palay production for Q1 2019 down to 4.69 million metric tons

May 15, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The 1st quarter's seasonally adjusted rice production is lower compared to a year ago and the 4th quarter of 2018, but higher than anticipated by the Philippine Statistics Authority

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

NFA buys over 3 million bags of palay in January-April 2019

May 06, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The National Food Authority buys more than 3 million bags of palay in the first 4 months of 2019, a huge leap from over 55,000 bags procured in the same period in 2018

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

Palay production seen to slightly drop in Q1 2019

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Amid projections of lower palay production and reduced harvest area, the Philippine Statistics Authority says the yield per hectare may still go up

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

NFA buys more palay in Q1 2019

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The National Food Authority buys 1.26 million bags of palay from January to March 2019, way higher than the 20,540 bags procured during the same period last year

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Price of palay down as gov't projects lower Q1 yield

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:20 PM

While the average farmgate price of palay is lower year-on-year, the prices of well-milled and regular milled rice are still higher from a year ago

Musuan Field - rice fields near Musuan Peak in Valencia Bukidnon. the Department of Agriculture has reported 8 million pesos losses in Rice farms in Bukidnon as a weak El Niño affects much of Northern Mindanao. the effect of the weather phenomena is expected to last until August this year. warmer ocean temperature results in way below average rainfall across the Philippines. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DA: Q3 growth in palay production 'most notable' for agri sector

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol hopes the 'bountiful harvest' of rice they are expecting for the 4th quarter will boost the agriculture sector's performance by the end of the year

SUPPLY CHECK. Keeping the rice supply in check is crucial because it tames the grain’s retail price in the market. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

WATCH: Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho’s first dance at the Palais Garnier

Sep 03, 2017 - 8:59 PM

The couple danced at the grand staircase of the historic Paris opera house

THE NEWLYWEDS. The couple arrive at their wedding reception venue. Photo from

Dry spell causes Q2 slump in PH agriculture

Aug 14, 2015 - 2:11 PM

A report by the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that agricultural production from April to June 2015 declined by 0 37 due to intense heat and lack of irrigation

PLANTING SEASON. Farmers in Central Mindanao depend on stable water supply to grow palay. Photo by UN FAO

Crop damages due to dry spell now worth P2.19B

May 25, 2015 - 10:43 PM

The agriculture department says 29 714 hectares of rice and 25 086 rice farmers are already affected by the prevailing dry spell

Palay, corn production forecast down in Q1

Mar 10, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Contraction in harvest areas and drop in yield due to typhoons among others pull down the forecast for the quarter says the Philippine Statistics Authority

Gov’t sees lower palay production volume in second half

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Delayed planting due to damage caused by flashfloods as well as inadequate irrigation will affect palay production

Palay production up in 2013 despite typhoons

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:09 PM

Rice production in areas barely affected by Typhoon Yolanda pulls up the country s overall output

HIGHER OUTPUT. Palay output grew in 2013 despite typhoons.Photo by  AFP.

Rice, corn prices stable during Yolanda

Nov 18, 2013 - 7:37 PM

The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics says prices of rice crops and corn were stable in the week Typhoon Yolanda battered the Visayas region

STABLE. Prices of rice and corn were stable in the week Yolanda wrecked havoc in Visayas. Photo from the International Rice Research Institute

DA: Palay output likely inched up in H1

Aug 02, 2013 - 4:11 PM

The country s palay production likely reached 8 million metric tons in the first half of 2013 up 1 4 from the previous year s output of 7 89 million MT the DA says

SELF-SUFFICIENT. President Benigno Aquino III says the government is helping farmers increase their harvests in line with the country's goal of being self-sufficient in rice. Photo by AFP

Smuggled rice to create new crisis

Feb 09, 2013 - 7:33 PM

Abono partylist chairman Rosendo So alleges that smuggled grains supposedly from China and Vietnam are flooding rice producing provinces and depressing prices

STAPLE. Rice is the Philippines staple. It is the goal of the national government to achieve rice self-sufficiency at the end of 2013. Photo by AFP

DA vows to protect 'strategic' palay areas from land conversion

Jan 14, 2013 - 10:22 PM

The DA says this will secure the country s food requirements in the coming years

Photo from AFP

DA says to attain 99% of palay output target

Dec 03, 2012 - 5:16 PM

The good harvest will keep rice importation next year to between 100 000 metric tons and 150 000 MT or even lower

ON TRACK. The government expects to hit its rice production target for 2012. Rappler file photo

Farm output growth slows to 2% in first 9 months

Nov 06, 2012 - 5:56 PM

The slowdown was mainly due to lower fish production says the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics

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

'Ofel' causes P145.85-M damage to agri

Nov 01, 2012 - 4:48 PM

Most of the damage comprised production losses in palay worth P144 35 million

Third-quarter palay output likely below target

Oct 30, 2012 - 6:11 PM

The Department of Agriculture says it may have missed its palay output growth target for the third quarter due to successive weather disturbances that occurred during the period

Alcala eyes lower rice imports of 100,000 MT in 2013

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:36 PM

Agriculture Secretary Alcala is eyeing to bring down rice imports to 100 000 MT next year in line with the country s target of being self sufficient in the staple

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