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As crop prices drop, netizens call to support local farmers

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Netizens share calls for support for farmers from the public and the government through #StandWithFarmers

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ompong hit P14 billion

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The initial cost of damage is nearly double what Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol estimated would be 'worst-case scenario' losses of about P7.9 billion

NO HARVEST. La Paz rice fields turns into a lake after floods inundate fields. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong leaves at least P2.8 billion in agricultural damage

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The government says around 171,932 farmers have been affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

CRY ME A RIVER. Samuel Castro was just waiting for Monday. He has nothing to harvest now. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Congress pushes for climate-based crop insurance

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says she expects the climate-based crop insurance law to be approved within the year

VEGETABLE FROST. A Benguet agriculturist is seen monitoring the cause of 'andap' or vegetable frost, which comes with a continued drop in temperature. File photo by Mau Victa

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May 30, 2017 - 11:57 AM

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Piñol urges farmers to use guide map for crop planning

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:29 PM

The color coded guide map provides data that farmers need to identify the type of crops suitable for their land

GUIDE MAP. Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol encourage local farmers to use the government's new color-coded guide map to plot the type of crops suited for their lands. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Miracle crop: Can quinoa help feed the world?

Feb 09, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Experts say quinoa is highly nutritious but remains an underutilized crop

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 8, 2011 shows a worker sifting through quinoa seeds in Cotimbora, Oruro, Bolivia, some 440 km from La Paz.  Scientists on February 8, 2017 unveiled the near-complete genome of quinoa, a grain cultivated centuries ago by Incas in the Andes that scientists say could help feed a hungry world. / AFP PHOTO / AIZAR RALDES

Bayer sets $66B deal for Monsanto after lengthy pursuit

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:40 PM

UPDATED Regulators and Monsanto shareholders still have to approve the deal which environmentalists criticize as a marriage made in hell

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on September 14, 2016 shows the logo of German pharmaceutical giant Bayer (L, on September 8, 2016 in Leverkusen) and the logo of Monsanto at it's Belgian manufacturing site and operations centre (on May 24, 2016 in Lillo near Antwerp).  German pharmaceutical and chemical group Bayer is preparing to increase its takeover offer for US seeds and pesticides giant Monsanto for a fourth time, a report said on September 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Patrik STOLLARZ AND John THYS

Use of data and technology to solve food security issues - experts

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Experts say getting politicians to understand data and technology will help them implement evidence based policies that will benefit the people

File photo by Rappler

Bayer CEO invites environmental groups to discuss Monsanto bid

May 29, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Environmental groups fear the possible merger of Bayer and Monsanto would lead to Monsanto s genetically modified crops being marketed in Europe

epa05324526 (FILE) A file picture dated 06 March 2006 shows the headquarters of the German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. According to media reports on 23 May 2016, Bayern AG announced a 62 billion US dollar cash offer, 122 US dollar per share, including debt, to buy US multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Co. The American multinational biotechnology company Monsanto released earlier on 19 May 2016, a statement in which the company disclosed that they had received a takeover bid by the German pharmaceutical and chemical group. EPA/OLIVER BERG

Monsanto: $62B Bayer bid too low, but open to talks

May 25, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Monsanto says the Bayer proposal is incomplete and financially inadequate but it is willing to have continued and constructive conversations

epa05324524 (FILE) A file picture dated 21 October 2003 shows the logo of German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG shining above the company's plant in Leverkusen, Germany. According to media reports on 23 May 2016, Bayern AG announced a 62 billion US dollar cash offer, 122 US dollar per share, including debt, to buy US multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Co. The American multinational biotechnology company Monsanto released earlier on 19 May 2016, a statement in which the company disclosed that they had received a takeover bid by the German pharmaceutical and chemical group. EPA/OLIVER BERG

Bayer targets Monsanto in biggest-ever German takeover bid

May 23, 2016 - 2:14 PM

4th UPDATE Germany s Bayer offers 62 billion for US agriculture group Monsanto

This file photo taken on July 24, 2013 shows a logo of German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer on an overpass at its Berlin headquarters. John MacDougall/AFP

Bayer, Monsanto in merger talks

May 19, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Bayer executives recently met with executives of Monsanto to privately discuss a negotiated acquisition of Monsanto Company

This file photo taken on July 24, 2013 shows a logo of German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer on an overpass at its Berlin headquarters. John MacDougall/AFP

India says 330 million people suffering from drought

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:40 PM

More are dying from heatstroke and families from remote villages walk long distances as they try to find water

epa05257485 Farmers from the different drought affected districts of Maharashtra resides at a temperory refugee camp in Mumbai, India, 13 April 2016. According to reports, 21 districts in Maharashtra are drought-affected. Hundreds of people are staying in a refugee camp in Mumbai, migrated from the drought affected area in Maharashtra. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

Parched fields force Thailand to look beyond rice

Apr 03, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Thailand one of the world s top rice exporters wants its farmers to try planting other crops amid a severe drought

This picture taken on March 23, 2016 shows a farmer walking at his drought-hit rice field in Nonthaburi province outside Bangkok.  Thailand has long served as one of the globe's biggest rice bowls, but a growing water shortage is now pushing the country to move away from the grain that dominates its fields and has defined a way of life for generations. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / TO GO WITH STORY: Thailand-economy-agriculture-rice, FOCUS by Marion Thibault

Decline of bees, other pollinators, threatens crop output – UN body

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A UN body says healthy populations of pollinators are critical to ensuring stable fruit and vegetable output

IN DANGER. A UN body says many wild bees and butterflies have been declining in abundance.

Indonesia writes France: No to 'staggering' tax on palm oil

Feb 05, 2016 - 12:19 AM

Indonesia urges France not to go through with amendment that will tax palm oil heavily and which Indonesia says will affect its economy

An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia. File photo by EPA

Negros Occidental drought damages P143M worth of crops, livestocks

Jan 22, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Sugarcane plantations covered by Southern Negros Development Corporation and Daconcogon Sugar Central have been hit the hardest

PARCHED. Lack of water affects farmers most of all whose crops and livestock depend on a steady supply of the resource. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Gov't to compensate 110,000 farmers affected by Typhoon Lando

Oct 30, 2015 - 7:01 PM

The P732 million to be devoted to crop insurance represents only 12 of total agricultural damage caused by Typhoon Lando

COPING WITH STORMS. A farmer from Pulilan, Bulacan start drying their palay after days of rains brought by Typhoon Lando. Photo by Albert Victoria/Rappler

Central Mindanao farmers catch planting season with UN FAO assistance

Aug 03, 2015 - 1:07 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization supports farmers reeling from drought conflict and flooding in Maguindanao

MAKING IT HAPPEN. Farmers from Central Mindanao catch the planting season through the UN FAO support.  Photo by: UN FAO

Egay leaves P13-M crop, fishery damage in Negros Occidental

Jul 07, 2015 - 11:32 PM

The province is on heightened alert as the country braces for the coming Typhoon Falcon

Greener mountains for an Aeta community

May 31, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The planting of more fruits and vegetables in their settlement areas can help solve hunger among the indigenous people of Tarlac

NO MARKET. While planting taro is one of the main sources of livelihood by the Aetas, they lack the proper means to sell the crops. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Wasp 'SWAT team' out to rescue Indonesian cassava crops

Sep 24, 2014 - 4:13 PM

A team of 2 000 tiny wasps will seek out and devour mealybugs that threaten Indonesia s cassava crops

CROP SAVIOR. The Anagyrus lopezi wasp - a tiny but highly effective cassava mealybug parasitoid native to South America. Photo by Georg Goergen (IITA)

US campaigners hope to engineer GMO labeling laws

Jul 07, 2014 - 1:44 PM

A fight is sprouting over whether consumers should be told more about what s in their grocery bags

LABELED. A file photo taken on October 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California shows labels on bags of snack foods indicating they are non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food products. Robyn Beck/AFP

Rice 'app' saves flooded farms

May 28, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Through climate smart varieties a scientist says rice will be the entry point to escape from poverty

FARMERS' LOSSES. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Gov't prepares PH agriculture sector for El Niño

May 08, 2014 - 4:22 PM

The department says 22 provinces and one city are highly vulnerable to the months of intense drought ahead

DRY SPELL. Rice, a crop which needs plenty of water to thrive, is particularly threatened by the impending El Niño phenomenon. Photo from the International Rice Research Institute

How gov't is readying farmers for climate change

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Farmers and fishermen who depend on the abundance of natural resources are expected to suffer economically

Agri sector growth seen at 3.2%-4.2% in 2014

Mar 18, 2014 - 8:13 PM

The growth range is higher than 2013 s growth of 1 15 but lower than the government s original target of 3 5 for this year

HIGHER GROWTH. The government expects the agriculture sector's growth to pick up from last year, when a series of strong typhoons hit. Photo by AFP

Farm-to-market roads: A farmer's journey

Mar 07, 2014 - 10:16 AM

What role do Farm to Market Roads play in the livelihood and food security of farmers and their families?

FARM-TO-MARKET ROADS. FMRs play a significant role in the livelihoods and household food security of farmers, as well as in the entire country's rural economy. Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler

TechRap: Must-have mobile photography apps

Feb 06, 2014 - 12:59 PM

Google launches Street View in PH A record 1 billion smartphones shipped in 2013 TechRap s picks for the best photography apps for iOS and Android

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Jan 22, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Scared to try out something new? In fashion there s always a way to comfortably ease into a new trend

Yolanda agri damage now at P6.9B

Nov 14, 2013 - 6:09 AM

The typhoon damaged rice crops fisheries and irrigation and other infrastructure in the Visayas region

BILLIONS OF PESOS. Typhoon Yolanda damaged P6.9 billion worth of rice, fisheries, crops and agricultural infrastructure, according to the Agriculture department. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

D-Day looms for EU on GM crop cultivation

Nov 07, 2013 - 9:52 AM

European governments will soon decide whether to block or allow cultivation of genetically modified crops on the continent

EUROPE'S CORN. One day, will all corn in Europe be genetically-modified?

CA upholds GM eggplant field trials ban

Sep 26, 2013 - 3:21 PM

CA ruling: Bt talong eggplant field trials violate the people’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology

File photo of eggplants, Aug 8 2013. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

'Maring' agri damage hits P300M

Aug 23, 2013 - 8:13 AM

Some 3 655 metric tons of crops were destroyed based on DA estimates as of August 21

Should PH be self-sufficient in rice?

Apr 30, 2013 - 10:30 AM

All Philippine governments have declared as policy that the country should be self sufficient in rice the staple of its nearly 100 million people

The Philippines is one of the world's biggest rice importers. AFP Photo

After 13 yrs, PH may resume onion exports

Mar 20, 2013 - 3:06 PM

The Philippines sent maiden shipment of yellow granex onions to Japan to potentially re start exports of the crop after 13 years

END OF STOPPAGE? The Philippines may resume importation of onions after 13 years. AFP Photo

PH rice stocks tighten at start of 2013

Feb 19, 2013 - 2:28 PM

Rice stocks are down to just over a month or 35 days of daily consumption

The Philippines is one of the world's biggest rice importers. AFP Photo

PH refines plan to hit self-sufficiency in 2013

Feb 13, 2013 - 3:09 AM

The government maps out plans to encourage farmers to plant up to 3 rice crops this 2013 so the Philippines one of the world’s top importers of the grain can hit its target to be self sufficient in rice

A DANGEROUS DREAM. A risk in the rice self-sufficiency goal is unreasonably high price of rice. AFP photo shows Filipino farmer in Misamis Oriental

Farm output up 2.92% in 2012

Jan 21, 2013 - 9:44 AM

The agriculture sector grossed P1 4 T in 2012

SRA keeps sugar production outlook

Jan 04, 2013 - 12:13 PM

The Sugar Regulatory Administration says sugar production is still expected to reach 2 356 M metric tons in the current crop year

Photo by AFP.

PH may miss some banana export deliverables after 'Pablo'

Dec 07, 2012 - 5:09 PM

The Philippines the world s third largest exporter of bananas lost a quarter of its crop in the storm

LIVELIHOODS DESTROYED. 150,000 people in Compostela Valley alone live off the banana industry. Photo from Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division's official Facebook page

Inclusive growth? Jollibee cites 'chickenjoy' supply chain

Nov 26, 2012 - 2:21 PM

Jollibee the countries biggest buyer of poultry works with local farmers to encourage agro business growth

Farm output growth slows to 2% in first 9 months

Nov 06, 2012 - 5:56 PM

The slowdown was mainly due to lower fish production says the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics

'Ofel' causes P145.85-M damage to agri

Nov 01, 2012 - 4:48 PM

Most of the damage comprised production losses in palay worth P144 35 million

Alcala eyes lower rice imports of 100,000 MT in 2013

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:36 PM

Agriculture Secretary Alcala is eyeing to bring down rice imports to 100 000 MT next year in line with the country s target of being self sufficient in the staple

Farmers to receive P100-M in crop insurance claims

Aug 11, 2012 - 4:44 PM

Some P100 M worth of insurance payments have been allotted for farmers affected by typhoon Gener and the recent monsoon rain

Eat camote, keep your heart healthy

Mar 30, 2012 - 11:34 AM

A recent study finds that eating root crops can help keep your cholesterol levels down

GOOD OLD CAMOTE. Affordable and good for your heart! Photo from Wikipedia

DA tests Nestlè's coffee clones

Mar 06, 2012 - 3:43 PM

The Department of Agriculture is funding the field testing of Robusta coffee clones which were developed by Nestle of France