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Fresh produce, Filipino food take spotlight at 8th Philippine Harvest

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The fair takes place from June 14 to 17 at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street

Ombudsman prosecutors want Floirendo suspended from House

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The prosecutors tell the Sandiganbayan's 6th Division that suspending Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr from office would prevent him from intimidating witnesses and committing acts of malfeasance

MOTION TO SUSPEND. Ombudsman prosecutors are seeking the suspension from office of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sugar rush prompts government to import

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Sugar prices are now at almost P3,000 per 50-kilogram bag, prompting the government to import to stabilize prices

Duterte transfers Pompee La Viña to Department of Agriculture

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:55 AM

La Viña has now been appointed to 3 different government entities – Social Security System, Department of Tourism, and now Department of Agriculture

Gov't to support farmers amid moves to lift rice import quotas

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Lifting rice import quotas means cheaper rice for consumers, but may hurt Filipino farmers if they can't compete with their counterparts in countries like Vietnam

RICE TARIFFICATION. Even if 250,000 MT of imported rice is scheduled to arrive in May, the government says this will not be able to meet the country's rice demand in the succeeding months

[OPINION] Sea change for small-scale fishers

May 30, 2018 - 2:08 PM

'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '

epa05238978 Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, 01 April 2016. According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the prevailing El Nino phenomenon could affect at least 100,000 fisherfolk in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities. The water temperature increases in the Pacific and Western Pacific side of the country which is feared to result in decrease of primary productivity and to lead to a decline in fish catch. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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

300 families displaced in QC fire near Department of Agriculture

May 23, 2018 - 8:36 PM

The fire in Sitio Palanan, Barangay Basra, reaches 5th alarm, and burns to the ground some 200 houses

Agricultural output slows down in 1st quarter of 2018

May 09, 2018 - 3:42 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority reports that crops and livestock production slowed down, while fisheries fell to negative territory

Agricultural output slows down in first quarter 2018

Rice, corn output up in first quarter of 2018

May 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Some 4.7 million metric tons of rice is produced between January to March of this year, up 6.8% from the same period last year. Corn production is at 2.5 million metric tons, gaining some 4.2% year-on-year.

Agriculture department asks P123.7-billion budget for 2019

May 04, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The proposed amount is more than twice the average allocation, and could be the agency's largest budget if approved

Agriculture department reports 94.6% use of 2017 budget

May 03, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Department of Agriculture-Cagayan Valley topped regional offices in budget utilization for 2017, says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

BUDGET REVIEW. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (2nd from right) leads the quarterly budget review of his agency on May 2, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Manny Pinol, photo taken by DA staff

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

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 17, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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Apr 17, 2018 - 1:35 PM

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NFA transferred back to agriculture department

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

The National Food Authority used to be under the supervision of the office of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a group shop after a meeting with somemembers of the National Food Authority Council members on April 16, 2018. Photo from Facebook page of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

FACT CHECK: Is Duterte right that Boracay is agricultural land?

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:20 PM

A 2006 proclamation signed by then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo classified Boracay Island as forestland and agricultural land

FOR FARMERS? During the 6 month closure period, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will asses thre status of lands and land titles in Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BOC files smuggling charges vs 2 ATI officials, importers

Apr 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says there will also be an investigation into the possible involvement of customs personnel in the illegal release of 105 containers

SHIPMENTS. In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte wants NFA placed under Office of the President

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The President wants all rice importation matters to be handled by Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary General Ernesto Pernia. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

COA: Completion of P55-M road project in Eastern Samar delayed for 481 days

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The project is originally scheduled for completion on March 4, 2016

[OPINION] Is agrarian reform a dying issue?

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:32 PM

As of June 2016, almost 600,000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. Landowners stall the land acquisition and distribution process through various methods.

AGRARIAN REFORM. As of June 2016, almost 600 000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant vs Floirendo over Tadeco deal

Feb 21, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(4TH UPDATE) 'The hasty filing of graft charges against me before the Sandiganbayan and the subsequent issuance of the warrant of arrest...is a clear sign of the existence of abuse of power and arrogance on the part of the Speaker,' says Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

NEW APPOINTEE. Acting Assistant Ombudsman for Luzon Bayani Jacinto is appointed to the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Floirendo says arrest warrant out for him over Tadeco controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Floirendo says the announcement of a warrant by the camp of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows 'malicious intent' to smear his reputation

FACING ARREST. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr on March 27, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacanang

Damage to agriculture due to Mayon now at P185 million

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The cost of damage to crops is now at P185,281,979. This is up from P94 million last January 26.

Oozing molten volcanic debris cascades over the various gullies of iconic Mount Mayon on February 5, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Villar seeks Senate probe into NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public,' says Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar

File photo by AFP

Agriculture damage due to restive Mayon volcano reaches P165M

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, and fiber crops

High school students in Guinobatan, Albay pass through a rice paddy as they run away from cascading volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon Volcano. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Fearless farmers defy Mayon's anger

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:32 PM

The 9-kilometer extended danger zone is not stopping farmers from tending to crops and livestock that are a crucial part of their livelihoods

IN THE DANGER ZONE. This photo taken on January 27, 2018 shows farmer Jay Balindang tending to his water buffalo under heavy rains in a rice field at the foot of the Mayon volcano in the town of Guinobatan in Albay province. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Mayon eruption destroys P94M worth of agricultural crops

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:44 PM

More than 5,000 farmers are now without income, says Albay's provincial agricultural officer

DAMAGED CROPS. Volcanic materials cascade down to rice paddies in this file photo from January 22, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Ex-DA chief breaks silence, denies being part of P15.78-M car loan mess

Jan 22, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former agriculture secretary and incumbent congressman Arthur Yap says it was a policy that he did not vote on and approve

Alvarez wins again as Ombudsman upholds Floirendo indictment

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman denies Floirendo’s motion to reopen the investigation

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr.

Cimatu orders review of forest management licenses in PH

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Fifty-one of the companies with Integrated Forest Management Agreements are in Mindanao, while 40 are in Luzon and 13 are in the Visayas

LOGGING IN MINDANAO. President Duterte is shown a video of a deforested area in a Zamboanga mountain range. Photo from Manny Piñol Facebook

Davao agri officials suspended over overpriced disinfectants

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:38 PM

The officials are charged for buying P3 million worth disinfectants despite a lower bid

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Urduja, Vinta caused P1.24B in agricultural damage

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:58 AM

Agriculture officials note that rice has the largest share of losses at P609.29 million, affecting some 31,749 farmers

VINTA. Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte was among the most affected towns by Typhoon Vinta. Photo from the Western Mindanao Command

PH Red Cross staff, volunteers to spend Christmas with victims of Urduja, Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine Red Cross says its staff and volunteers will continue to work double time to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the two tropical storms

Agriculture damage from Urduja reaches P1 billion

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:51 PM

According to agriculture officials, the affected commodities are rice, corn, high value crops, livestock or poultry, and agri-fishery facilities

URDUJA. Damage and losses to the agriculture sector due to Tropical Storm Urduja has reached P1 billion, according to the agriculture department. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte leads commissioning of Lapu-Lapu, Dagohoy ships

Dec 21, 2017 - 10:45 PM

BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy will join the fight against illegal fishing, and may also be tapped to respond during disasters

Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Lapu-Lapu and the BRP Francisco Dagohoy are commissioned during a ceremony led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City on December 21, 2017. The two new ships are additions to the floating assets of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) which will be deployed to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

Piñol says new bird flu case in Nueva Ecija 'contained'

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Under the new internationally set protocols, only fowls in the affected farm will be culled while those in the surrounding areas will be monitored and subjected to random tests,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. In this file photo, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol talks about the avian influenza during a press conference last August. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

DA to review Philippine policies on bird flu

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

'We will conduct a review on how we should handle the [avian influenza] problems in the future because... the industry actually suffered because of the very strict measures that we implemented,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says his department will review the country's policies in relation to the avian influeza or bird flu. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Weed-killer prompts angry divide among US farmers

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Dicamba is used to great effect against a weed that plagues the region, Palmer amaranth, or pigweed. The problem with dicamba is that it vaporizes easily and is carried by the wind, often spreading to nearby farm fields – with varying effects.

ON THE DICAMBA DEBATE. Farmer Perry Galloway holds a sign reading "Farmers Need Dicamba" at his farm in Gregory, Arkansas, on November 7, 2017.  Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Farmers urge ASEAN members to adopt UN Declaration on peasant rights

Nov 11, 2017 - 4:45 PM

'We owe it all to the food producers of Southeast Asia to protect their rights,' says Elvira Baladlad of Paragos-Pilipinas, a member of international movement La Via Campesina

PEASANT RIGHTS. Dubbed as “Salubong and Pakikiisa” (Solidarity Walk), the marchers belonging to the international peasant movement, La Via Campesina, joined more than 300 hundred  representatives from ASEAN civil society, peoples’ organizations, and NGOs gathered at the Commission on Human Rights. Photo from La Via Campesina

ASEAN businesses not a threat to Filipino farmers

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Helping farmers should form part of companies' corporate strategy and not just fall under their corporate social responsibility, say experts at the 2nd Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship Conference

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

NPA rebels attack pineapple plantation in Bukidnon

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:27 PM

(UPDATED) Communist fighters from the South Central Bukidnon Subregional command confiscated 22 high-powered firearms from Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation's security force

LIVE: ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2017

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Watch the ASEAN Agriculture Summit 2017 live on Rappler

Ex-agriculture chief Proceso Alcala barred from gov't service

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman, in two separate decisions, finds Alcala guilty of grave misconduct

File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler