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Rice industry group wants tighter import regulations

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Bureau of Customs denies allegations that shipments of rice are undervalued

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

Rice stocks increase to 2.598 million MT in June 2019

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Philippines' rice stocks as of June 1 are deemed sufficient for 81 days

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

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

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

Progressive groups fear new tariff law will lead to rice cartels

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) But proponents of the new rice tariffication law say it will lower the price of the food staple to a level more affordable for Filipinos

farmers North of Manila having a busy day for continues harvesting of their rice grains, one of the main source of race grain in the Philippines . photo by mau victa

Duterte asked to veto provisions in rice tariffication bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Various groups in the rice industry urge President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions which they say would lead to loss of jobs

VETO SOUGHT. Various sectors under the rice industry call for President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions in the rice tariffication bill, which only needs his signature to become a law. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

A Staple Problem? History of rice crisis in the Philippines

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While the Philippines is known for its agricultural lands, the country continues to face recurring rice crises over the years

[ANALYSIS] How rough was 2018 for the PH economy?

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

All in all, there’s a sense that the Duterte government brought about needless economic hardships to the Filipino people in 2018

Senate approves bill lifting rice import limits

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:30 PM

If the rice tariffication bill is passed into law, a Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund would be created to protect the rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations

APPROVED. Rice tariffication is one of the means identified that would help address soaring inflation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan over rice cartel

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The justice department also indicts the trader for unlawful use of pseudonym ‘David Tan’

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is indicted of violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). Photo from Senate PRIB

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

FAST FACTS: Rice prices in the Philippines

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:54 PM

A kilo of rice costs almost P50, and even P66 in Sulu, as of the 4th week of September 2018

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply

[OPINION] With rice tariffication, what happens to food security?

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Philippine agricultural performance from 1995 to the present has been dismal, if not catastrophic

Food crisis, inflation due to lack of gov't direction – groups

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

'This government must recognize that there is a food crisis largely because of the lack of leadership in food, agriculture, and fisheries governance,' says Hazel Tanchuling of Rice Watch and Action Network

5 questions we should be asking on the rice shortage

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?

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

[OPINION] Solving our 'unli' rice crisis

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

If only half of the energy and focus given to the drug war were given to agriculture and rice production, we would already be better off

'Fumigate the bigger pests' in rice crisis: hoarders, price speculators

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:25 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya suggests ways to address the ongoing rice crisis

Rice. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

State of calamity in Zamboanga City until rice prices stable

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde says the city will remain under a state of calamity to help local officials address the problem of high rice prices

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

NFA awards 250,000 MT rice supply to Thailand, Vietnam

May 04, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The two countries are expected to bring in the first batch of rice on May 31, ahead of the so-called lean months

 RICE STOCK. Workers pile sacks of rice at a National Food Authority warehouse

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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Apr 20, 2018 - 11:30 AM

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NIGHT NO MORE. PNP bans Oplan Tokhang from being conducted at night. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte OKs gov't-to-gov't rice importation

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:19 PM

National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino has pushed for government-to-government importation but Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and the NFA Council have fiercely opposed it

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte defends NFA chief Jason Aquino: ‘I trust him’

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ignore the [NFA] Council which is mandated by law, go ahead and make the importations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino

RICE SUPPLY ISSUES. President Rodrigo Duterte talks rice traders during a meeting in Malacanang on April 5, 2018. Presidential Photo

NFA rice shortage: Whose fault is it?

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The National Food Authority Council, says its spokesman, wonders why the NFA distributed a lot of its rice stocks to retailers during the harvest season

Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang on NFA rice shortage: More stocks on the way

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the National Food Authority Council has not approved the importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice because about 325,000 metric tons will arrive 'within the month'

NFA RICE. Malacañang says about 325,000 metric tons of rice will arrive in the country 'within the month.' File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

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

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

10 gov’t firms fail to remit P68B in dividends – COA

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:09 PM

State auditors find that from 2004 to 2014 these GOCCs either did not declare failed to record failed to remit or under remitted their dividends

Putting 'half rice' on the menu

Jul 28, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Why half rice should be offered for rice loving Philippines

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

Change our rice policy

Jun 01, 2016 - 3:30 PM

If the incoming Duterte administration s objective is to make food more affordable then it should go in the opposite direction and make a real change: abolish the NFA s rice monopoly

'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

The future of food security

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Without the price support for farmers local rice production will become less profitable and will result in the bankruptcy of farmers

Vietnam to bag deal for part of PH rice import needs

Jun 06, 2015 - 1:05 PM

The Philippine government moves to further improve the rice buffer stock for the coming lean months brought by the expected poor production this semester

STOCKING UP. 500,000 metric tons of rice are needed for the lean season. File photo by Rappler

Why shifting to brown rice matters

May 27, 2015 - 2:21 PM

In a country vulnerable to climate change and its impact brown rice will help us face the threat of food insecurity

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

PH rice inventory good for 69 days – PSA

Mar 07, 2015 - 3:02 PM

As of February domestic rice and corn inventory levels are both up from last year

Domestic rice stocks will last 69 days according to the NFA. File Photo by Rappler

Steep prices, Yolanda hike PH poverty incidence in H1 2014

Mar 06, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The country s per capita income increased by 6 4 in the first half of 2014 over 2013 but this gain was eroded by very high food prices says NEDA

POOR AND HOMELESS. Makeshift tents for poor families that have lost everything due to Super Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by EPA

PH rice supply enough for 3 months

Jan 16, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The overall uptrend is attributed to higher domestic production and adequate bulk importation from Vietnam and Thailand says the Philippine Statistics Authority

SUPPLY CHECK. Keeping the rice supply in check is crucial because it tames the grain’s retail price in the market. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

The problem with rice

Nov 01, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Every Filipino is wasting 14 grams of milled rice per day which is equivalent to about 3 tablespoons per person per day The amount of rice wasted by 100 million Filipinos can feed 4 2 million people for the whole year

Alcala chief of staff goes on leave, denies bribe

Aug 26, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Dennis Guerrero also a former special assistant to the NFA administrator denies NFA officials accepted bribes from a rice cargo handler

NO ANOMALIES. Dennis Guerrero, chief of staff of Agriculture Secretary, maintains that NFA officials had good reasons to replace a rice cargo handler of NFA rice from Vietnam which arrived in May 2013. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

NFA chief tenders courtesy resignation

Aug 15, 2014 - 12:09 PM

3rd UPDATE Two month old NFA Administrator Arthur Juan offers to resign following a rice trader s extortion allegations against him which he strongly denies

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

Police raid Muntinlupa warehouse linked to rice hoarding

Jul 06, 2014 - 4:21 PM

The raid comes just days after a similar search was conducted in a warehouse in Bulacan

The problem with unlimited rice

Jun 28, 2014 - 9:45 AM

A diverse diet is key to better health but in a country that s big on rice this might be a problem