[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 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

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Ombudsman indicts Floirendo for graft over Tadeco deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:38 AM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file graft charges against Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr for having financial interest in the government's deal with Tagum Agricultural Development Company

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

#IAmHampasLupa: Promoting farming, mindful eating on social media

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sustainable food production and consumption are crucial in reducing carbon footprint, thereby mitigating climate change

Duterte appoints son-in-law's brother as DA official

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Waldo Carpio brother of Manases Carpio is appointed as an assistant secretary of the agriculture department

No hungry Filipino: How aquaponics can help in food production

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Barangay Aquaponics promotes water based farming to help Filipinos grow their own food and become entrepreneurs

WATER-BASED FARMING. Barangay Aquaponics aims to promote water-based farming as a sustainable means of food production. Photo from Uproot Aquaponics Facebook page

Bird flu crisis over, PH agriculture chief says

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says the Philippines will recover from the bird flu outbreak

Results: August 2017 Agricultural Engineer Licensure Exams

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:36 PM

630 out of 1 304 passed the August 2017 Agricultural Engineer Licensure Examination

DA confirms H5N6 bird flu strain in Pampanga

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED H5N6 is a strain that is transmissible to humans but the Bureau of Animal Industry says the transmission rate is very very low

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Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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Lab in Australia confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:10 PM

To assure the public that there s nothing to fear amid the outbreak Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will ask the President to eat balut with him in Pampanga

RESULTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol shows reporters the results of the confirmatory test on the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

DA lifts ban on poultry shipments from Luzon

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says they are lifting the ban upon the recommendation of biosecurity experts

BAN LIFTED. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol gives updates during a press conference on the avian influenza. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

6 tips from DOH on how to be safe from bird flu

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED DOH spokesperson Eric Tayag assures the public they may still eat chicken but they must cook it properly first

Quarantine officers in the affected areas wear the proper gear. Photo courtesy of Dr. Arlene Vytiaco, Bureau of Animal Industry

Authorities keeping close watch over poultry shipments to Boracay

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The demand for chicken eggs is huge in the island which is estimated at one million monthly

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Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Bird flu confirmed in 2 Nueva Ecija towns – Piñol

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED Nueva Ecija is the second province with confirmed cases of bird flu after Pampanga

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol confirms that bird flu has reached Nueva Ecija

Gov't spending, agriculture lift Philippine GDP in Q2 2017

Aug 17, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Spending on infrastructure is a bright spot for the economy in the 2nd quarter of 2017 but in a role reversal it s now the private sector and not the government that is lagging

Malacañan Photo

No cockfighting in Pampanga for next 2 weeks due to bird flu – Piñol

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ihihinto muna yung sabong dahil ang tina target natin matapos lang yung 21 days na incubation period ng virus says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

DA to start paying farm owners affected by bird flu outbreak

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has already identified P31 million from the Quick Response Fund for the initial payment of affected farmers

BIRD FLU UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during a press conference on Avian Influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 16, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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Piñol expects bird flu outbreak to affect agri performance in Q3

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:20 PM

I m willing to be accused of overreacting than not doing everything to prevent the spread [of the virus] says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol during the press conference on avian influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City on Wednesday, August 16. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bird flu in Pampanga: DA to cull more fowls from controlled area

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:05 PM

A total of 73 110 layer chickens ducks fighting cocks and native chicken have already been culled as of Wednesday August 16

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) and DOH Assec. Dr. Eric Tayag during press conference on Avian Influenza at the DA office in Quezon City on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT