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The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region says it will assist vendors affected by the closure of the lucrative pig auction in Sulop town
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
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
Unwanted as they provide neither meat nor eggs, male chicks are ground up alive, gassed, electrocuted, or asphyxiated in plastic bags
Philippine agricultural growth settles below 1% in 2019, as typhoons hit critical areas and African swine fever spread in Luzon
The agriculture department's Bureau of Agricultural Research aims to conserve Bicol's breadfruit, one of the region's emerging traditional crops
The fisheries sector is now considered the most affected, with estimated losses amounting to P1.6 billion
The damaged commodities include rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and high-value crops
The Department of Agriculture says affected farmers and fisherfolk may get a loan of P25,000 with zero interest, payable in 3 years
Heavy losses are recorded in rice, corn, banana, vegetable, and fruit tree plantations. The fisheries sector also takes a hit.
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
This is an increase from the initial figure of P695.85 million, due to an updated report from Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas
Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths
The students from indigenous communities are, however, displaced by mining operations and military attacks
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
'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
People are now paying attention to how we grow our food, and the youth may capitalize on this movement
'Our eagerness to protect, the intention is good. [But] the process should not actually violate...the privileges of others,' says Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan
(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
Congratulations to the newest batch of agricultural and biosystems engineers!
Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines
(UPDATED) The Department of Agriculture is still checking where Mekeni sourced its pork that tested positive for African swine fever
While 6 infected barangays are cleared of African swine fever, around 2,000 pigs have not yet been culled in Barangay Payatas
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
The Department of Agriculture's efforts fail to attack the root of peasant poverty: landlessness
'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.'
According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need
'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.'
The Commission on Audit says the goals of the 2009 Dairy Goat Development Project 'were not fully realized' due to anomalies
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
Total loans grow by 8% in July, as Landbank expands direct credit to small farmers and fishers
Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas
The QC government orders the immediate culling of all hogs in backyard piggeries in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas
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
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.
With the threat of the African swine fever just across its borders, Pampanga becomes the first Luzon province to impose a hog blockade
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 joins 3 other provinces which sealed off its borders to prevent its local hog industry from African swine fever contamination
Agriculture Secretary William Dar leads the unloading of NFA rice in Commonwealth Market in Quezn City, which will be sold at P27 per kilo
'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
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
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
Some farmers are already selling palay at a loss, but consumers have yet to enjoy significantly lower rice prices
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
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.
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
Economic managers need to be more forthright about the state of the Philippine economy and not paint a picture of it that is rosier than the data suggest
They grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs without synthetic fertilizers, and raise their animals without antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones
Year-to-date, agricultural output is down by 0.24%. The government is aiming for it to reach 3.5% in 2019.
Agriculture didn't even grow 1% in 2018. Acting Secretary William Dar says he plans to improve the numbers through programs and reforms.