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Philippines, Papua New Guinea ink deal on agriculture cooperation

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says Filipino farmers will be sent to Papua New Guinea to plant rice

DEAL. Philippine Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol and Papuan Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allan sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Joint Rice Development Project between the Republic of the Philippines and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea in a ceremony at the Pacific Adventists University in Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Economic team urges agriculture dept to solve food supply problems

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The government's economic team says the Department of Agriculture must improve farmers' productivity to bring food prices down

FOOD PRICES. The government's economic team urges the Agriculture Department to implement reforms. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Agricultural damage from Typhoon Rosita hits P1.85 billion

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will visit typhoon-hit Isabela after President Rodrigo Duterte scolded him for being unable to attend the recent command conference

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

LOOK: Megan Young is ambassador for #ZeroHunger

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The actress and former Miss World titleholder lends her support to the Department of Agriculture and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization

Goodbye bukbok? Gov’t to inspect imported rice before shipment to PH

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:15 PM

A Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority team will check rice shipments at the source, to ensure the quality of the imported grains to be sold to Filipino consumers

Department of Agriculture to invest P300 million in Bukidnon for vegetable production

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The investment aims to bring food supplies to the National Capital Region and stabilize food prices

HIGH-VALUE CROPS. Farm workers at the Dahilayan Agro Development Corporation pick strawberries Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

Agricultural damage by Typhoon Ompong highest since Yolanda

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol plans to ask Congress for additional funds to rehabilitate Typhoon Ompong-hit areas

Expensive sili in markets? Plant your own, says Piñol

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says 'it would be wise to be innovative' as inflation soars

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'

Reorganize NFA Council, include agriculture dept – Villarin

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says agencies like the Bureau of the Treasury and Department of Finance should be booted out of the National Food Authority Council

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino during congress hearing on the 2019 proposed budget of the agency on September 3, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Piñol: Report rice hoarders, get P250,000

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the funds will come from private millers and traders

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Puro bukbok ang diskarte ng gobyerno sa krisis sa bigas

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Pilit ang palusot, at balubaluktot ang mensahe ng gobyerno, tungkol sa krisis sa bigas – dahil sablay ang istratehiya sa simula pa lang

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

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

Piñol wants to legalize smuggled rice in Zamboanga-Basilan area

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The agriculture secretary even envisions a 'trading center' for smuggled rice in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi region, saying that's the practice there anyway

'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

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


Piñol wants special rice imports for Zambasulta area

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo

MORE IMPORTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants more rice imports to solve the rice crisis in Zamboanga and Basilan. Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Agriculture department allows galunggong imports

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:35 AM

(UPDATED) The Department of Agriculture allows the importation of galunggong or round scad as the closed fishing season nears

STAPLE. Many Filipino families prefer round scad or galunggong because it is cheaper than other varieties. Shutterstock photo


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

Lawmakers slam agriculture department over rice hoarders

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says businessmen see rice hoarding as ‘inventory management'

BUDGET. The Department of Agriculture's approved budget for 2019 is less than half what it asked for. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Agriculture department sets suggested prices for rice, other goods

Jun 25, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Department of Agriculture gives suggested retail prices for rice, fish, onions, and garlic to stabilize prices

Sugar rush prompts government to import

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Sugar prices are now at almost P3,000 per 50-kilogram bag, prompting the government to import to stabilize prices

Duterte transfers Pompee La Viña to Department of Agriculture

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:55 AM

La Viña has now been appointed to 3 different government entities – Social Security System, Department of Tourism, and now Department of Agriculture

Gov't to support farmers amid moves to lift rice import quotas

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Lifting rice import quotas means cheaper rice for consumers, but may hurt Filipino farmers if they can't compete with their counterparts in countries like Vietnam

RICE TARIFFICATION. Even if 250,000 MT of imported rice is scheduled to arrive in May, the government says this will not be able to meet the country's rice demand in the succeeding months

[OPINION] Sea change for small-scale fishers

May 30, 2018 - 2:08 PM

'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '

epa05238978 Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, 01 April 2016. According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the prevailing El Nino phenomenon could affect at least 100,000 fisherfolk in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities. The water temperature increases in the Pacific and Western Pacific side of the country which is feared to result in decrease of primary productivity and to lead to a decline in fish catch. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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

300 families displaced in QC fire near Department of Agriculture

May 23, 2018 - 8:36 PM

The fire in Sitio Palanan, Barangay Basra, reaches 5th alarm, and burns to the ground some 200 houses

Rice, corn output up in first quarter of 2018

May 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Some 4.7 million metric tons of rice is produced between January to March of this year, up 6.8% from the same period last year. Corn production is at 2.5 million metric tons, gaining some 4.2% year-on-year.

Agriculture department asks P123.7-billion budget for 2019

May 04, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The proposed amount is more than twice the average allocation, and could be the agency's largest budget if approved

Agriculture department reports 94.6% use of 2017 budget

May 03, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Department of Agriculture-Cagayan Valley topped regional offices in budget utilization for 2017, says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

BUDGET REVIEW. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (2nd from right) leads the quarterly budget review of his agency on May 2, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Manny Pinol, photo taken by DA staff

NFA set to import 250,000 MT tons of rice in May

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:17 PM

The National Food Authority reopens government-to-government importation with invitations sent to the embassies of Thailand and Vietnam

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NFA transferred back to agriculture department

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

The National Food Authority used to be under the supervision of the office of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a group shop after a meeting with somemembers of the National Food Authority Council members on April 16, 2018. Photo from Facebook page of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

Duterte wants NFA placed under Office of the President

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The President wants all rice importation matters to be handled by Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary General Ernesto Pernia. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

COA: Completion of P55-M road project in Eastern Samar delayed for 481 days

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The project is originally scheduled for completion on March 4, 2016

Agriculture damage due to restive Mayon volcano reaches P165M

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, and fiber crops

High school students in Guinobatan, Albay pass through a rice paddy as they run away from cascading volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon Volcano. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Ex-DA chief breaks silence, denies being part of P15.78-M car loan mess

Jan 22, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former agriculture secretary and incumbent congressman Arthur Yap says it was a policy that he did not vote on and approve

Davao agri officials suspended over overpriced disinfectants

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:38 PM

The officials are charged for buying P3 million worth disinfectants despite a lower bid

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Urduja, Vinta caused P1.24B in agricultural damage

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:58 AM

Agriculture officials note that rice has the largest share of losses at P609.29 million, affecting some 31,749 farmers

VINTA. Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte was among the most affected towns by Typhoon Vinta. Photo from the Western Mindanao Command

Agriculture damage from Urduja reaches P1 billion

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:51 PM

According to agriculture officials, the affected commodities are rice, corn, high value crops, livestock or poultry, and agri-fishery facilities

URDUJA. Damage and losses to the agriculture sector due to Tropical Storm Urduja has reached P1 billion, according to the agriculture department. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte leads commissioning of Lapu-Lapu, Dagohoy ships

Dec 21, 2017 - 10:45 PM

BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy will join the fight against illegal fishing, and may also be tapped to respond during disasters

Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Lapu-Lapu and the BRP Francisco Dagohoy are commissioned during a ceremony led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City on December 21, 2017. The two new ships are additions to the floating assets of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) which will be deployed to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Piñol says new bird flu case in Nueva Ecija 'contained'

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Under the new internationally set protocols, only fowls in the affected farm will be culled while those in the surrounding areas will be monitored and subjected to random tests,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. In this file photo, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol talks about the avian influenza during a press conference last August. File photo by Darren Langit/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

DA to review Philippine policies on bird flu

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

'We will conduct a review on how we should handle the [avian influenza] problems in the future because... the industry actually suffered because of the very strict measures that we implemented,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says his department will review the country's policies in relation to the avian influeza or bird flu. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler