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[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...'

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

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

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

[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

Landbank loans to agriculture sector hit P238 billion as of July 2019

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Total loans grow by 8% in July, as Landbank expands direct credit to small farmers and fishers

[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

[OPINION] Agriculture graduates should try working with an NGO

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:29 PM

You may decide not to stay long, but the lessons will stay with you forever

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

El Niño damage to agriculture now at P7.96 billion – DA

Apr 26, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The Department of Agriculture says 247,610 farmers and fisherfolk are affected by El Niño as of April 25

A farmer walks over the cracked soil of dried up rice field in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned of hotter days ahead due to El Nino. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

El Niño's crop damage has no 'adverse impact' on national production – DA

Apr 02, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Meanwhile, the agriculture department's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management operations center reports that production losses as of April 2 has reached P5.05 billion

Upland farmers in Ligao City plant rice using "Bunkol" or (Bamboo), the primitive way of farming in the upland areas of the countryside. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Agricultural production losses due to El Niño reach P5 billion

Apr 02, 2019 - 1:35 PM

More corn crops are damaged as El Niño's effects intensify

Children walk over a dried kamote field in Kapatagan, Perellos, CarCar , Cebu on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 as the province of Cebu declares state of calamity due to the onset of the El Niño with damages to farmland of an estimated P100 million according to the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRM). Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Agricultural damage climbs to P4.35 billion amid El Niño

Mar 31, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Production losses for rice and corn exceed the billion-peso mark at the end of March 2019

Children walk over a dried kamote field in Kapatagan, Perellos, CarCar , Cebu on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 as the province of Cebu declares state of calamity due to the onset of the El Niño with damages to farmland of an estimated P100 million according to the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRM). Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines, Hungary agree to boost agricultural trade, irrigation

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Aside from opening up the markets for agricultural products, Hungarian Agriculture Minister István Nagy says they are also eyeing to provide scholarships for agriculture students

STRONGER RELATIONS. The MOU between the Department of Agriculture and Hungary's Ministry of Agriculture is expected to cover better market access, scholarship opportunities, as well as technology and knowledge transfer. Photo from the Department of Agriculture.

Agricultural damage from El Niño rises to P1.33 billion

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rice takes the biggest hit with production loss of P814.4 million, while production loss for corn is at P512.3 million

A farmer walks over the cracked soil of dried up rice field in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned of hotter days ahead due to El Nino. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Siargao's women take chances in leading agri sector

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:46 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 'More Love for Women Farmers' conference is part of Agrea’s local iteration of Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Agriculture Forum

Agricultural damage caused by El Niño reaches P464 million

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:40 PM

While the dry season may benefit farmers who need to harvest, it can also destroy their crops

On Wednesday, March 06, 2019, the water level at the La Mesa dam in Quezon City, has reached 69.35 ft. from its 78 ft. normal level due to receding water following months of very little rain. Metro Manila potable water consumers are now experiencing low water pressure and in some areas no water service. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Who will feed the farmers?

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'This is not the first massacre of farmers in Philippine history. Filipino farmers have long fought for genuine agrarian reforms... They ask for land, not bullets.'

[OPINION] Are we food secure?

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:45 AM

We leave this to you not as a question, but a call to action

Poor agricultural growth? Increase our budget – Piñol

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'You cannot squeeze milk from a thin and hungry cow!' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

GROWTH. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol appeals for a higher budget for his agency. Photo by Darren Langit

NEDA hits dismal Q2 agriculture output

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Look more closely into rice cartels and smuggling, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia urges the Department of Agriculture

Agriculture department blames banks for poor growth

May 28, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data reveals loans extended toward agriculture and agrarian reform are nowhere near what the law mandates

FARMERS. A community finishes a palay season after harvest in Pangasinan. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

400 hectares in Boracay up for agrarian reform 'if Duterte says so'

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform says structures constructed on these 400 hectares of agricultural land are considered illegal

TOURIST SPOT. Hundreds of hectares in Boracay Island may be subject to the government's agrarian reform program. Photo by Adrian Portugal

Duterte wants Landbank to provide more loans for farmers

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The President warns he would look into the bank's finances after challenging it to provide tractors to farmers' cooperatives all over the country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is joined by SL Agritech Corporation CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol as he witnesses the harvesting of hybrid rice during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation at the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative (NMAPMPC) Compound in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on April 5, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

Lucio Tan, Henry Sy's hometown in China eye more investments in PH

Jul 16, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The origin of millions of Filipino Chinese Fujian province is also a potential for tourism for the Philippines

What if our farmers give up on us?

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers even in small ways

FARMERS. Let us rethink ways to help farmers in the Philippines

Zamboanga farmer grows 'rainbow corn'

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Known as glass gem corn in Central America the rainbow corn variety is introduced in Zamboanga by farmer Mark Basaluddin

FIRST FRUITS. Mark Basaluddin's first harvest yielded rainbow corns like the following. Photo courtesy of Mark Basaluddin

WATCH: Helping farmers through agricultural biotechnology

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:59 AM

The UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society strives to uphold awareness on the ways means and science behind agricultural biotechnology to help students and farmers alike

Lawin leaves P10B worth of agri, fisheries damage in 5 regions – Piñol

Oct 22, 2016 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol orders his department to give immediate assistance to farmers and fishermen

DESTRUCTION. Typhoon Lawin destroys crops in Peñablanca town in Cagayan. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SONA 2016: Duterte hopes to hand over stronger economy

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises to prioritize infrastructure spending lower taxes ease of doing business and human resources

Breed okra, capture $100M Japanese market

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Market for okra and edamame soybean is expanding overseas

HEALTHY INVESTMENT. The planned breeding of high value crops— okra and edamame – for the Japanese market is the top priority of the PCCI-IPB partnership

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

Duterte campaign spokesman defends wife’s post in new admin

Jun 10, 2016 - 11:27 AM

It s all actually about her and not me says Peter Laviña of his wife s impending appointment as agriculture undersecretary

DUTERTE SPOKESMAN. Peter Lavina, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's campaign spokesman, takes a selfie with his wife, Evelyn, incoming agriculture undersecretary. Photo from Peter Lavina's Facebook page

PH rice farmers use SMS service to improve yield

Jun 08, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The top queries that the service receives are on seed quality and varietal information pest management seed availability and nutrient management

4Ps, agriculture are popular election issues – survey

Jan 11, 2016 - 5:10 PM

A new SWS poll shows 8 out of 10 Filipinos would vote for someone who will continue 4Ps and address farmers needs

POOREST IN PH. Farmers start drying their palay after days of rains brought by Typhoon Lando in Pulilan, Bulacan. Photo by Albert Victoria/Rappler

Seaweed additive can boost rice yield by 65% – gov’t scientists

Nov 13, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Carrageenan a substance found in seaweed can help Filipino rice farmers earn and save more according to government research

OCEAN'S BOUNTY. A seaweed farmer in Tawi-Tawi bundles his harvested seaweed. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

NEDA pushes 3 agricultural policy reforms for ASEAN integration

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:11 PM

NEDA says the Philippines needs to improve production boost spending in research and development as well as shift to tariffication from the current QR agreement to prepare the agricultural sector

DECLINING AGRICULTURE. The key reforms are seen to address the country’s declining agricultural sector, which only contributes a meager 10% in overall economic growth as of end

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

Understanding land grabbing, land rights in the 21st century

Aug 30, 2015 - 6:53 PM

How and why did land grabbing persist in the Philippines in the past years? A special double edition of the Focus Policy Review answers this question

NIA mulling abolition of irrigation service fees

Aug 25, 2015 - 6:15 PM

The agency says consultations with policy experts on the issue will be completed in 3 months

How can the Philippines have a booming agricultural sector?

Aug 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

The Philippines cannot achieve inclusive growth if its agriculture workers continue to be among the poorest

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

SONA 2015: Sparse mention of agriculture, land reform

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:29 AM

In previous SONAs the president highlighted the improvement of agriculture and fisheries as benchmark for his promise of inclusive growth

SEEDS OF HOPE. Did the lives of farmers improve under the Aquino administration? File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

SONA 2015: The state of agriculture, fisheries under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Before his last State of the Nation Address we take a look at the gains and failures in the agricultural and fisheries sector under President Aquino

FOR THE FARMERS. Are Filipino rice farmers better off after 5 years under the Aquino administration? Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

DA to farmers: Use rainy season to fight El Niño

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:40 PM

The start of the rainy season in parts of the country is a chance for farmers to plant early and collect rainwater in preparation for the dryer days ahead says the agency

SAVING WATER. This water impounding system or water pond acts as a repository for rainwater which farmers can use on a dry day. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

FAO launches digital platform to help family farmers

Jun 17, 2015 - 6:33 PM

The Food and Agricultural Organization launches a digital platform to bridge the gap between policymakers and family farmers

BIG CONTRIBUTION. Family farmers tend 75% of the world's agricultural resources. File photo by Karl Malakunas/AFP

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

Making rice cultivation more eco-friendly

May 07, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The United Nations Development Programme UNDP suggests a holistic approach in addressing the climate related problems in agriculture

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