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[OPINION] Let’s have coffee, Senator Villar, and talk about research

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'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.'

Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

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

[OPINION] Cynthia Villar: Champion of the 'personal interest first' policy

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'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.'

Milked dry? COA calls for probe into Nabcor's P100-million dairy goat project

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the goals of the 2009 Dairy Goat Development Project 'were not fully realized' due to anomalies

Image of goats from Shutterstock

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

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

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Landbank loans to agriculture sector hit P238 billion as of July 2019

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Total loans grow by 8% in July, as Landbank expands direct credit to small farmers and fishers


Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

DA confirms hogs in 2 Quezon City barangays positive for African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The QC government orders the immediate culling of all hogs in backyard piggeries in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas

ASF. Backyard hog raiser Julian Gregorio feeds his hogs in their backyard in Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Agriculture department allots P78 million to control African swine fever

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

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

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

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.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Pampanga bans live pigs from entering its territory

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:14 PM

With the threat of the African swine fever just across its borders, Pampanga becomes the first Luzon province to impose a hog blockade

BOODLE PORK. Residents of Guagua, Pampanga join a boodle fight organized by local officials to show that hogs being raised in the town are not affected by African swine fever. Photo courtesy of Pampanga PIO

African swine fever outbreak contained, says agriculture chief

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

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 bans pork from Luzon, Visayas

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Misamis Oriental joins 3 other provinces which sealed off its borders to prevent its local hog industry from African swine fever contamination

SAFE TO EAT. The Misamis Oriental provincial government barbecued 200 Kg of pork to show that produce from the province is safe to eat and free from the African Swine Fever. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Agriculture department 'floods' market with cheap, imported NFA rice

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar leads the unloading of NFA rice in Commonwealth Market in Quezn City, which will be sold at P27 per kilo

Pig carcasses retrieved along Marikina River

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

'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

HOG REMAINS. Pig carcasses are fished out of the Marikina River Thursday, September 12. Photo courtest of Marikina PIO

House wants to increase DA funds to buy more rice from farmers

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

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

DAVAO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—Muddy water spurts out as a field labor er pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, southern Philippines. Photo taken in March 2016. RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com

African swine fever now in Philippines

Sep 09, 2019 - 10:30 AM

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

Backyard hog raisers Julian Gregorio and wife Regie Gregorio attend to feeding and bathing their hogs adjacent to their house at Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City. The family is worried they might not be able to recoup their money spent of for raising 25 heads of pigs to be sold in their market as the new order and ban on backyard piggery from the Quezon City Local Government takes effect. Local barangay officials have been doing rounds around the area to make sure of compliance even as the family insist that their pigs are well fed and maintained and do not have the swine virus affecting commercial pigs. August 28 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rice prices still not hitting P27/kilo as projected under tariffication law

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Some farmers are already selling palay at a loss, but consumers have yet to enjoy significantly lower rice prices

Where's P4 billion for farmers? Villar grills DBM, DA

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:15 PM

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

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Agriculture department evades questions as pigs die in Luzon

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:55 PM

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.

DA probes suspected African swine fever cases in PH

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

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

HOG DEATHS. The Department of Agriculture is monitoring several areas, as the number of hog deaths rise. File photo by Darren Langit

[ANALYSIS] Dismal growth: Why is the PH economy losing its momentum?

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

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

How expensive organic food led this couple to pursue sustainable farming

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:06 AM

They grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs without synthetic fertilizers, and raise their animals without antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones

Agricultural output worsens, contracts by 1.27% in Q2 2019

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Year-to-date, agricultural output is down by 0.24%. The government is aiming for it to reach 3.5% in 2019.

William Dar aims to quadruple agri growth, double farmers' income

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture didn't even grow 1% in 2018. Acting Secretary William Dar says he plans to improve the numbers through programs and reforms.

William Dar is new agriculture secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:55 PM

After saying he might pick a former military man to head the Department of Agriculture, President Rodrigo Duterte chooses an agriculture expert instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Agriculture Acting Secretary William Dar during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Government to set SRPs for imported, local rice

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Once implemented, suggested retail prices for rice would be adjusted every two weeks to reflect landing costs and average farmgate prices of palay

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

Hunger on the rise worldwide as 821 million affected – United Nations

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Getting to a world where no one is suffering from hunger by then remains an 'immense challenge,' the report says

FIGHTING WORLD HUNGER. FIAN-Philippines and the National Food Coalition celebrate the 2018 World Food Day in Payatas, Quezon City on October 24, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DA, DILG to provide solar water systems for off-grid barangays

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will team up to provide water for irrigation as well as for drinking to far-flung barangays

Photo from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Agriculture graduates should try working with an NGO

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:29 PM

You may decide not to stay long, but the lessons will stay with you forever

DA orders temporary ban on pork from Germany

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Philippine officials impose the temporary ban on pork and pork products from Germany after a shipment from that country was found mixed with pork from Poland, which has an African swine fever epidemic

Butchers carrying a newly slaughter pigs on their 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

Duterte inclined to appoint Piñol as Mindanao Dev't Authority chief

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte accepts Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol's resignation and says he can better serve in Mindanao where he can help the new Bangsamoro government

SUGAR DEMANDS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol enumerates the recommendations sugar industry stakeholders to the government following NEDA's proposal to deregulate sugar imports. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol resigns

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol recommends as his replacement Undersecretary Waldo Carpio, brother-in-law of presidential daughter Sara Duterte Carpio, as well as two other undersecretaries

Manny Pinol Secretary, Department of Agriculture June 25, 2018 Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture's temporary import ban on pork goods from Laos will immediately take effect

FIGHT VS SWINE FEVER. Countries with hog industries are under threat of African swine fever. Image from Shutterstock

PH tightens importation of plant-based feeds from ASF-hit nations

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture says there are findings that African swine fever can be transmitted through plant-based feeds

Animal feeds. Photo from Shutterstock

UPLB graduate wants to help farmers like his grandfather

Jun 23, 2019 - 3:31 PM

University of the Philippines Los Baños graduate Romel Arrobang recalls his grandfather saying, 'Kung hindi ako magtatanim, paano kakain ang mga tao?'

  Photo by Romel Arrobang

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

'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

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