rice in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on rice in the Philippines


Philippines can meet own rice demand, says crop expert

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:40 PM

If farmers decide to shift to planting high-value rice at the right time and place, Teodoro Mendoza says the country can achieve full rice self-sufficiency

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in Bulacan on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in preparation for planting rice. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the rice tariffication bill on February 15, 2019. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Duterte won't fire Piñol, NFA's Aquino over rice crisis

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Maybe the laws are weak or are unenforceable. All we have to do is to improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RICE CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not fire Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino, and other officials over the rice crisis. Screenshot from RTVM

'Serve me bukbok rice, I will eat it,' says Piñol

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the presence of bukbok or weevils proves that imported rice 'has not been sprayed with chemicals'

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he is willing to eat bukbok-infested rice. Piñol's photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

Duterte orders NFA to prioritize buying rice from PH farmers

Apr 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who is pushing for government to government rice importation to buy from local farmers instead

LOCAL PRODUCE. President Rodrigo Duterte checks the quality of the hybrid rice harvested 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. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

'AlDub' rice paddy art hopes to attract millennials to farming

Mar 26, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The rice paddy art featuring the faces of the popular AlDub love team aims to drum up young Filipinos interest in farming and agriculture

PADDY ART. Popular celebrity love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza are seen in this rice paddy art, which aims to entice young Filipinos to go into farming. Photo courtesy of PhilRice

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

'Fake rice' just stale, contaminated rice – NFA

Aug 06, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Suspected fake rice turns out to be retrograded rice while the contaminated rice from Davao City is an isolated case according to tests by government agencies

REAL RICE AFTER ALL. NFA Food Development Center Director Jocelyn Sales explains tests done on suspected 'fake rice' samples. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

10 features of a Philippine farm of the future

May 01, 2015 - 11:32 AM

A working demo of a futuristic farm is connected to apps has its own weather station and uses renewable energy

FARMER'S FRIEND. This solar-powered water monitoring and control system sends a text message when water in the rice field becomes critically low. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DA to roll out ‘Green Super Rice’

Apr 07, 2015 - 12:37 PM

The agriculture department will roll out a program distributing the newly approved rice breed along with hybrid rice and certified inbred seeds to help farmers hit record harvests

Businessman starts Rice Bucket Challenge in PH, tags MVP

Sep 12, 2014 - 9:39 PM

Modelling India s campaign Henry Lim Bon Liong challenges Filipinos to give one bucket of rice to a family in need This is for everybody Kahit ano ng bigas ibigay mo okay lang

Alcala: PH 98% rice self-sufficient in 2014

Aug 13, 2014 - 5:57 PM

But despite improving rice self sufficiency levels congressmen ask why the government is increasing rice imports

ENOUGH RICE. Barring major natural calamities, the Philippines can be 98% self-sufficient in 2014

PH road to rice self-sufficiency

Jun 17, 2014 - 2:52 PM

What s stopping the Philippines an agricultural country from achieving rice self sufficiency?

PH RICE. What's stopping the Philippines, an agricultural country, from achieving rice self-sufficiency? File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Pinoy invents eco-friendly stove powered by rice hulls

May 27, 2014 - 1:41 PM

The new stove can save rural domestic households money and doesn t emit any greenhouse gases

ECO-FRIENDLY COOKING. Onlookers are treated to a demonstration on how to use the rice hull stove. Photo courtesy of the Austrian embassy

Obama seeks to renew Asia role with rescheduled trip

Nov 21, 2013 - 8:35 AM

Susan Rice says Obama would make up with a trip in April: Our friends in Asia deserve and will continue to get our highest level attention

BACK TO ASIA SOON. In this file photo, US President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One as he arrives for the G20 summit, at the airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, 05 September 2013. EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

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

Decline in NFA rice pulls down country stock at end-August

Sep 12, 2012 - 6:35 PM

NFA s rice stock inventory posts decline of 64 2 as of August amid efforts to attain self sufficiency

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