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DA shuts popular hog auction site in Davao del Sur due to African swine fever

Feb 07, 2020 - 1:57 PM

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region says it will assist vendors affected by the closure of the lucrative pig auction in Sulop town

AUCTION. File photo of pigs. Shutterstock.com

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-Quezon City lawmaker in fertilizer scam

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Aside from former Quezon City 4th District representative Nanette Daza, the anti-graft court also acquits 10 Department of Agriculture officials and a private defendant

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The Sandiganbayan building. File photo

African swine fever spreads to Malita in Davao Occidental

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:37 PM

A composite team of veterinarians reports incidences of African swine fever in the barangays of Malita – Bito, Kidalapong, Tubalan, Felis, Mana, Talogoy, and New Argao

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

How about breadfruit for rice?

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The agriculture department's Bureau of Agricultural Research aims to conserve Bicol's breadfruit, one of the region's emerging traditional crops

BREADFRUIT. Can breadfruit serve as an alternative to rice? Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Agricultural damage by Taal Volcano eruption climbs to P3.06 billion

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:26 AM

The fisheries sector is now considered the most affected, with estimated losses amounting to P1.6 billion

HARDEST HIT. The fisheries sector has been most affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Agricultural damage from Taal Volcano eruption hits P577 million

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The damaged commodities include rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and high-value crops

ABANDONED LIVESTOCK. Ash covers livestock and trees in Laurel, Batangas on January 13, 2020, following the eruption of Taal volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Gov't readies cash loan for farmers affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Department of Agriculture says affected farmers and fisherfolk may get a loan of P25,000 with zero interest, payable in 3 years

Agriculture Secretary Dar urges Aklan to intensify biosecurity vs ASF

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says authorities must raise biosecurity measures in Kalibo and Caticlan airports to contain and prevent the entry of African swine fever in the province

WILLIAM DAR. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dollente Dar holds a press briefing at the DA Headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ursula hit P782 million

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:45 PM

This is an increase from the initial figure of P695.85 million, due to an updated report from Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas

MILLIONS IN LOSSES. Typhoon Ursula left almost P800 million in agricultural damages and losses in its aftermath. Photo courtesy of @DJRadnie_360 on Twitter

Fictional Wakanda mistakenly listed as U.S. free-trade partner

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Wakanda forever? The US Department of Agriculture says it had listed Black Panther's country as a free-trade partner during testing and mistakenly let the listing go live on the internet

CA confirms William Dar as agriculture secretary

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'It could not have come at the most opportune time. The department in this junction of time needs a leader like him,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture

SECRETARY. William Dar gets the nod of Commission on Appointments as agriculture secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Still with no ASF zoning plan, DA wants pork bans lifted

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

'Our eagerness to protect, the intention is good. [But] the process should not actually violate...the privileges of others,' says Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan

OUTBREAK. Barangay volunteers hauled part of the hundreds culled hogs infected with African swine fever at a piggery in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City on October 3, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Stricter requirements, but no rice import ban – agriculture chief

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar says the Philippine government will make it more difficult for rice imports to enter the country to help local farmers, but will not totally ban importation

Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines

DA confirms Mekeni longganisa, hotdog tested positive for African swine fever

Nov 04, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Agriculture is still checking where Mekeni sourced its pork that tested positive for African swine fever


QC veterinarian refutes DA claim that the city is ASF-free

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

While 6 infected barangays are cleared of African swine fever, around 2,000 pigs have not yet been culled in Barangay Payatas

NOT YET CLEARED. Quezon City Veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that hog raisers in Barangay Payatas have not been cooperative in culling procedures. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINYON] Sa mga mata ng anak ng isang magsasaka

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Parang isang malaking biro ng tadhana at ng gobyerno na ang mga taong nagbibigay ng maihahain ng masa sa hapag nila ay silang walang maihain dahil sa pagkalugi

[OPINION] Why farm mechanization won't help our farmers

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Department of Agriculture's efforts fail to attack the root of peasant poverty: landlessness

[OPINION] Let’s have coffee, Senator Villar, and talk about research

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'You are one of the country’s best entrepreneurs.... I am confident that you know the significance of research and early innovation in an industry’s success, as smart a woman as you claim to be.'

[OPINION] Cynthia Villar: Champion of the 'personal interest first' policy

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'How I wish that in the future, the Senate may have a more strict way of selecting chairpersons for committees. Put someone in the agricultural committee who does not forget that their service is for the country and the people.'

Milked dry? COA calls for probe into Nabcor's P100-million dairy goat project

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the goals of the 2009 Dairy Goat Development Project 'were not fully realized' due to anomalies

Image of goats from Shutterstock

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says legislators are already set to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections, whose funds can now be realigned to other government programs next year

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

DA confirms hogs in 2 Quezon City barangays positive for African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The QC government orders the immediate culling of all hogs in backyard piggeries in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas

ASF. Backyard hog raiser Julian Gregorio feeds his hogs in their backyard in Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Agriculture department allots P78 million to control African swine fever

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

A task force chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte will be ensuring that the African swine fever outbreak in parts of Rizal and Bulacan will not spread to other areas

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Pampanga bans live pigs from entering its territory

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:14 PM

With the threat of the African swine fever just across its borders, Pampanga becomes the first Luzon province to impose a hog blockade

BOODLE PORK. Residents of Guagua, Pampanga join a boodle fight organized by local officials to show that hogs being raised in the town are not affected by African swine fever. Photo courtesy of Pampanga PIO

African swine fever outbreak contained, says agriculture chief

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the African swine fever cases in Rizal and Bulacan may be considered an outbreak, but not an epidemic

Misamis Oriental bans pork from Luzon, Visayas

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Misamis Oriental joins 3 other provinces which sealed off its borders to prevent its local hog industry from African swine fever contamination

SAFE TO EAT. The Misamis Oriental provincial government barbecued 200 Kg of pork to show that produce from the province is safe to eat and free from the African Swine Fever. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Agriculture department 'floods' market with cheap, imported NFA rice

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar leads the unloading of NFA rice in Commonwealth Market in Quezn City, which will be sold at P27 per kilo

Pig carcasses retrieved along Marikina River

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

'There is no slaughterhouse or piggery in Marikina. The dead pigs could have been from the upstream of Rizal,' says Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro

HOG REMAINS. Pig carcasses are fished out of the Marikina River Thursday, September 12. Photo courtest of Marikina PIO

House wants to increase DA funds to buy more rice from farmers

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers also seek to create a Camp Development Fund, where each police and military camp would get P500 million to modernize facilities

DAVAO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—Muddy water spurts out as a field labor er pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, southern Philippines. Photo taken in March 2016. RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com

African swine fever now in Philippines

Sep 09, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III assure the public that pork is safe to eat, as long as it bears the stamp of the National Meat Inspection Service

Backyard hog raisers Julian Gregorio and wife Regie Gregorio attend to feeding and bathing their hogs adjacent to their house at Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City. The family is worried they might not be able to recoup their money spent of for raising 25 heads of pigs to be sold in their market as the new order and ban on backyard piggery from the Quezon City Local Government takes effect. Local barangay officials have been doing rounds around the area to make sure of compliance even as the family insist that their pigs are well fed and maintained and do not have the swine virus affecting commercial pigs. August 28 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rice prices still not hitting P27/kilo as projected under tariffication law

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Some farmers are already selling palay at a loss, but consumers have yet to enjoy significantly lower rice prices

Where's P4 billion for farmers? Villar grills DBM, DA

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Department of Agriculture to account for how it used the funds that the Department of Budget and Management released in 2018

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Agriculture department evades questions as pigs die in Luzon

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Pigs are dying because of an unidentified disease. Raisers are reportedly making sausages out of the infected hogs. The Department of Agriculture holds a media briefing, but hardly offers answers.

DA probes suspected African swine fever cases in PH

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar confirms that pigs have been dying in several areas, but declines to give any more details until laboratory tests determine the cause

HOG DEATHS. The Department of Agriculture is monitoring several areas, as the number of hog deaths rise. File photo by Darren Langit

Agricultural output worsens, contracts by 1.27% in Q2 2019

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Year-to-date, agricultural output is down by 0.24%. The government is aiming for it to reach 3.5% in 2019.

William Dar aims to quadruple agri growth, double farmers' income

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture didn't even grow 1% in 2018. Acting Secretary William Dar says he plans to improve the numbers through programs and reforms.

William Dar is new agriculture secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:55 PM

After saying he might pick a former military man to head the Department of Agriculture, President Rodrigo Duterte chooses an agriculture expert instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Agriculture Acting Secretary William Dar during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Government to set SRPs for imported, local rice

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Once implemented, suggested retail prices for rice would be adjusted every two weeks to reflect landing costs and average farmgate prices of palay

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

DA, DILG to provide solar water systems for off-grid barangays

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will team up to provide water for irrigation as well as for drinking to far-flung barangays

Photo from Shutterstock

DA orders temporary ban on pork from Germany

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Philippine officials impose the temporary ban on pork and pork products from Germany after a shipment from that country was found mixed with pork from Poland, which has an African swine fever epidemic

Butchers carrying a newly slaughter pigs on their back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte inclined to appoint Piñol as Mindanao Dev't Authority chief

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte accepts Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol's resignation and says he can better serve in Mindanao where he can help the new Bangsamoro government

SUGAR DEMANDS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol enumerates the recommendations sugar industry stakeholders to the government following NEDA's proposal to deregulate sugar imports. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol resigns

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol recommends as his replacement Undersecretary Waldo Carpio, brother-in-law of presidential daughter Sara Duterte Carpio, as well as two other undersecretaries

Manny Pinol Secretary, Department of Agriculture June 25, 2018 Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture's temporary import ban on pork goods from Laos will immediately take effect

FIGHT VS SWINE FEVER. Countries with hog industries are under threat of African swine fever. Image from Shutterstock

PH tightens importation of plant-based feeds from ASF-hit nations

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture says there are findings that African swine fever can be transmitted through plant-based feeds

Animal feeds. Photo from Shutterstock

DA targets at least 1 million kilos of excess mangoes to be sold

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Agriculture sets up stalls in Metro Manila to boost the sales of excess mangoes. Here's where to find them.

Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima fish imports

May 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the lifting of the ban is a gesture of goodwill as the Philippines also seeks to increase the market access of its agriculture exports to Japan

BAN LIFTED. The Department of Agriculture has lifted the 7-year long import ban on fish coming from Fukushima prefecture, which was affected by the nuclear powerplant meltdown in 2011. Photo from MannyPiñol's Facebook page