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[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

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

Indigenous vegetables and the Filipino diet

Apr 30, 2015 - 12:18 AM

The decreasing number of Filipinos consuming vegetables is alarming and might lead to bigger problems related to malnutrition

7 PH agri products to rave about at Madrid Fusion Manila

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:16 AM

From award winning chocolate to premium coffee from iconic mountains here are products that boast Made in the Philippines

BEST OF PH. At food festival Madrid Fusion Manila, the spotlight shines on Philippine and Spanish cuisine. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

30 provinces reeling from dry spell – PAGASA

Apr 24, 2015 - 10:03 PM

The agriculture sector in these provinces are likely to be affected by 3 or 2 consecutive months of below average rainfall

PARCHED. Lack of water affects farmers most of all whose crops and livestock depend on a steady supply of the resource. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Gov't allots P6.25B for farm-to-market roads in 2015

Apr 22, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The Department of Agriculture says farm to market roads in the pipeline amount to a total of P70 billion in funds

ROADS FOR FARMERS. Farm-to-market roads play a significant role in the livelihood and food security of farmers and the entire country's rural economy. Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler

Women and organic farming: Ending hunger one garden at a time

Mar 08, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Women have a big role in ending hunger not just in their families but also in the community

Carmen's Best ice cream: From cult favorite to Pope Francis' dessert

Feb 05, 2015 - 12:31 PM

From earning a cult following in weekend markets to being served during Pope Francis flight from Manila to Rome Carmen s Best is fast becoming a favorite of the Manila gourmet circuit

Agriculture damage from Ruby now P1.9B

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:25 PM

Most affected by Ruby were cultivation areas in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro Camarines Sur Masbate Sorsogon Aklan Antique Iloilo Negros Occidental Bohol and Cebu

Typhoon Ruby: P90M estimated agri damage in Bicol region

Dec 07, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Among affected provinces in the Bicol region the hardest hit in terms of agricultural losses is Albay

LIMITED SUPPLY. A vendor sells her wares at a market in Legazpi City hours before Typhoon Ruby passes near the Albay on December 7, 2014. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Hunger wRap: Faces of PH agriculture

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:18 PM

How important are fisherfolk and farmers in the fight against hunger in the Philippines?

Empowering farmers against climate change

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:09 PM

With the looming effects of climate change it is important that the hardest hit sector is secure

DA: Luis and Mario damage to PH agriculture at P1.14B

Sep 20, 2014 - 9:46 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the figure is based on initial reports and will be subject to field validation

OVERSPILL. The La Mesa Dam hits spilling level on September 19, 2014. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Lipa Coffee Academy graduates hope to revive 'kapeng barako'

Sep 09, 2014 - 10:45 AM

The academy s first batch graduated in March 2014 armed with skills and knowledge to restore native Batangas coffee to its former glory

SOMETHING BREWING. Three of the baristas in the main branch of Cafe de Lipa in Lipa City are graduates of the Lipa Coffee Academy. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'Inclusive growth must start with agriculture'

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:51 PM

Cherrie Atilano of Agricool says farmers are the poorest and hungriest in the Philippines This is why young Filipinos refuse to go into farming

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

Aquino's 2015 agri budget: What's in it, what's missing

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:55 PM

There are big increases for the fisheries and coconut sectors and focus on agricultural infrastructure but improving farmers land tenure is not a priority

ROAD TO RICE SELF-SUFFICIENCY. The Philippine rice sector needs more irrigation, farm mechanization, credit for farmers and better post-harvest facilities to attain rice self-sufficiency and competitiveness against other rice-producing countries

SONA Fact Check: Gov't efforts hurting rice hoarders

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:09 PM

President Aquino says in his SONA that steps have been taken to achieve enough rice supply This way hoarders who cause prices to increase are frustrated

Pangilinan: Want economic growth? Put farmers, fisherfolk first

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:48 AM

The private sector including creative businessmen and social entrepreneurs can make the biggest impact on agriculture says the agriculture official