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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

Sagip Saka Act for farmers, fisherfolk signed into law

May 27, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Aside from other perks, the new law requires the government to provide capital to agriculture and fisheries graduates to help them pursue enterprises related to their course

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Farm output growth slows to 0.67% in Q1 2019

May 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Though the Department of Agriculture said El Niño would have little effect on national production especially for rice, the dry spell does hurt 1st quarter production of the crops subsector

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

Graft charges filed vs ex-Nueva Ecija congressman over pork barrel scam

May 07, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman also files criminal charges against 3 Department of Agriculture officials and 4 others, including Janet Napoles

AURELIO UMALI. Image of Aurelio Umali from Facebook.

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

Department of Agriculture eyes more high-value coconut products

May 02, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he wants coconut farmers to go beyond copra. It remains unclear, however, when the coco levy fund will be released.

RAIN OR SHINE. Coconut farmers – young and old, men and women – brave the elements during their 71-day march to Malacañang Palace in 2014. File Photo by Rappler

Philippines eyes pork exports to China

May 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Agiculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the possibility with Chinese Consul General Li Lin as China continues to deal with its African swine fever crisis

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his 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/Rappler

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DTI, DA to continue collaboration on sugar monitoring

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, however, says the investigation into traders jacking up sugar prices will still depend on the participation of the industry's stakeholders

Large piles of cut sugarcane are set for crushing just outside the First Farmers Holdings Corp's milling facility in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Photo by Anna Mogato/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

3 regions post high rice yields despite El Niño

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Central Luzon, Ilocos, and Cagayan Valley survive the onslaught of El Niño due to proper irrigation, according to their agriculture regional directors

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

DTI hands off on sugar price, supply issue

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says sugar, a basic commodity, is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture

A worker at the First Farmers Holdings Corp.'s milling facility bags 50-kilogram sacks of refined sugar. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

What's inside the IRR of the Rice Tariffication law?

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Does the IRR contain the safeguards that rice industry stakeholders are asking from government?

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Department of Agriculture eyes 100% onion self-sufficiency before Duterte steps down

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announces the department's new goal is to achieve full self-sufficiency for onion production before President Duterte steps down

SUGAR DEMANDS. Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol enumerates the recommendations sugar industry stakeholders had come up with following the proposal from NEDA to deregulate sugar imports. Photo by Anna Mogato/Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in an interview on February 12, 2019. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

P300-million loan facility set for Occidental Mindoro onion farmers

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The first P30 million will be given out to onion farmers' cooperatives in the second week of April

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

US agriculture department closes 'kitten slaughterhouse'

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:28 AM

Over more than 3 decades, in a laboratory near the capital Washington, scientists fed cats and kittens meat possibly contaminated with the parasite toxoplasma gondii. Then, after 3 weeks, they went on to euthanize the cats.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

Antitrust body to aid DA in onion cartel probe

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says it will 'examine whether there are competition concerns in the onion industry'

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Malaysia, Indonesia to help Philippines settle palm oil dumping

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Malaysia and Indonesia, the two sources of the Philippines' palm oil imports, agree to help combat further dumping and smuggling of the product

This picture taken in Kampar on August 20, 2018 shows a palm oil farmer collecting palm oil seeds in Kampar, Riau province. - Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop. Half a world away, the European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction. (Photo by WAHYUDI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-Malaysia-EU-environment-food-agriculture, FOCUS by Ridwan Nasution and M. Jegathesan

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.

Former agriculture secretary Alcala, officials, traders charged with graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Ombudsman is holding them accountable for their role in the alleged creation of a garlic cartel during the Aquino administration

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

Belarus opens as potential market for agricultural exports

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The opportunity for the Philippines to supply agricultural products to Belarus comes as a government delegation visits Eastern Europe

Workers files stock of round shape fruits at the Balintawak Market on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, six days before the Buena Noche to welcome the New Year. The Filipinos welcome the New Year's Eve by serving 12 kinds of round fruits on the table during Buena Noche, believed to welcome prosperity and abundance for the household. The 12 kinds of round fruits on the table represents each month in a year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA suspends onion importation

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has asked the Philippine Competition Commission and the National Bureau of Investigation to look into a cartel whose operations are affecting onion farmers in Nueva Ecija

Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña shows to members of the media the smuggled onions amounting to P4.5 million hidden behind boxes of mugs inside three 40-foot containers intercepted at the Port of Manila on June 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

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

Northern Mindanao suffers agriculture damage due to El Niño

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Local agriculture officials will meet with provincial agriculturists in the region to assess the impact of El Niño in the coming months

EL NIÑO. This photo shows rice fields near Musuan Peak in Valencia, Bukidnon. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

NO PROOF: DAR’s ‘single-day, biggest’ 11,443-hectare land distribution

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:30 PM

DAR failed to provide exact data pointing to the said 11,443 hectares as the agency’s record-setting land distribution

Stakeholders' inputs included in amended rice tariffication law IRR

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the government listened to some of the proposals of rice industry stakeholders

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DA eyes better agriculture growth through South Korea's support

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Amid fears that rice imports may hurt local production, the Department of Agriculture plans further collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency

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

Rice tariffication law IRR set to be signed March 5

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Inputs from farmers and other rice industry stakeholders are expected to be inserted into the IRR

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

Consumer advocate proposes lowering SRPs for rice

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Laban Konsyumer president Victorio Dimagiba says suggested retail prices for rice should not be completely removed

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gov't must listen to stakeholders before deregulating sugar imports – Piñol

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'They said that this hampers the capability of local processors to compete,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Government to settle for 93% rice self-sufficiency rate

Feb 21, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The unimpeded rice importation will mean that the locally produced rice should not fill up the Philippines' rice demand

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

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Sugar industry stakeholders seek changes to improve competitiveness

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Among the sugar industry's requests is to be included in the Department of Agriculture's solar irrigation program

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in an interview on February 12, 2019. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Ex-MILF camp to become banana plantation – Piñol

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the 7,000-hectare Camp Abubakar will be transformed into a production area for Cavendish bananas

Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Agriculture grows a meager 0.56% in 2018, misses target

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The 2018 growth rate of the agriculture sector is far below the target of 4%

Gov't will offer loans to Cordillera vegetable farmers – Piñol

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says farmers will be able to borrow up to P50,000, with interest

Low prices leave Benguet vegetables rotting

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Long lines of vegetable trucks wait to unload their produce – only to be told that the prices are too low

LA TRINIDAD Vegetable Trading Post. Rappler file photo

Bicol farmers affected by Usman to get soft loans, aid

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:03 PM

At least 28,714 farmers and 30,900.07 hectares in Bicol were affected by Usman and the tail end of the cold front

DESTROYED. This riceland in Albay has turned into a lake for several days due to flooding brought by Tropical Depression Usman and the Tail End of the Cold Front in December 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Piñol sacks NAIA quarantine team

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol cites inadequate measures at the NAIA to prevent the entry of swine fever into the country

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol says he is open to a debate over the 4Ps program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No more cheap NFA rice in 2019 – Piñol

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the National Food Authority would incur huge debts if it continues to distribute rice at low prices

To tame inflation, agriculture must improve – economic managers

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Economic managers urge the Department of Agriculture to invest in modern farming tools to improve farmer productivity

IMPROVEMENT. Economic managers call on the Department of Agriculture to implement programs to improve farmer productivity. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler


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