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[OPINION] When a farmer asks for seeds instead of noche buena

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:48 AM

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House OKs resolution allowing use of 4Ps fund to buy palay from farmers

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:40 PM

House Joint Resolution No. 22 would authorize the government to tap the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to help rice farmers

RICE FARMERS. Muddy water spurts out as a field laborer pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental. File photo by RaksyBH/Shutterstock.com

This farm in Pagsanjan empowers banana farmers through sustainable agri-livelihood project

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:15 AM

Villa Socorro Farm has provided livelihood for over 200 farmers through producing banana chips

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for 'malicious, careless' attack

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights

MILITARY LIST. The military tells lawmakers on November 5, 2019 that 18 groups are allegedly front organizations for the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Moshing for farmer’s lives

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Galit na galit na ang mga patay!' Ourselves the Elves vocalist Alyana Cabral screams. The crowd riles back

House OKs on 2nd reading reso allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The resolution would authorize the government to use the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under 4Ps to buy rice directly from farmers

LOW PRICES. Farmers in Pugo, La Union, show off their high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Equipping San Isidro farmers through agro-enterprise

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Farmers in San Isidro, Davao del Norte, hope for a brighter future for their families as they apply what they've learned from agro-enterprise trainings

FRUITS OF LABOR. Narciso Lara is one of 10 farmers part of the demo farm project of the Peace and Equity Foundation to link enablers across the value chain of San Isidro, Davao del Norte. Photo from PEF

Senate approves measure using 4Ps fund to buy palay from PH farmers on final reading

Nov 04, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The joint resolution also encourages local governments to buy from Filipino farmers

PRICES. Filipino farmers earn very little, based on data from the government. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

New cocoa deals help peasant farmers, but not enough

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana remain mired in poverty

COCOA SECTOR. Members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019, at a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

[OPINYON] Sa mga mata ng anak ng isang magsasaka

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:38 AM

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

[OPINION] Why farm mechanization won't help our farmers

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Department of Agriculture's efforts fail to attack the root of peasant poverty: landlessness

House panel OKs resolution allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:37 PM

House committee on agriculture and food chair Wilfrido Mark Enverga is hoping President Rodrigo Duterte would certify the measure as urgent

RICE CRISIS. Lawmakers are moving to pass measures that would allow the government to purchase palay stock directly from rice farmers. Photo by RaksyBH/Shutterstock.com

Free concert by local artists spotlight farmers’ plight

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Farmers from different regions converge at a fair trade in Quezon City as part of peasant month activities in October

STAND WITH FARMERS. Singer-songwriter Bullet Dumas performs at Bagsakan fair trade and concert at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but U.S. farmers want details

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:35 PM

American farmers aren't celebrating just yet, as they seek concrete information on the United States' tentative trade deal with China

Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields July 6, 2018, in Harvard, Illinois, the same day China imposed retaliatory tariffs aimed at the US soybean market. - Davidson, 41, is a fifth generation farmer, a Democrat among mostly Republicans. He expects to be farming long after the US-China trade tariffs become a distant memory. "We've survived since the 1800s and we're still going. So, I think we'll keep going," Davidson says. (Photo by Nova SAFO / AFP)

Congress goes on monthlong break, with rice farmers left hanging

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

'The farmers need relief now, as next year, they might no longer go into farming,' says Jessica Reyes Cantos, president of Action for Economic Reforms

Senate OKs on 2nd reading measure allowing gov't to buy palay from local farmers

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:46 PM

The measure proposes that the government buy from farmers in 11 provinces 'with excess' palay production

PRICES. Filipino farmers earn very little, based on data from the government. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Farmers are business partners in this zero-waste café

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Sierreza – which has artisan stores in Los Baños and Maginhawa Street – has no set menu. It serves what farmers in partner communities plant.

DRIED and processed goods are available at Sierreza.

[OPINION] It's not a cockfight between farmers and queers

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:24 AM

For many critics, the SOGIE Equality Bill should take a back seat to address farmers’ welfare. But should we even be pitting issues against each other?

Lawmakers want extra P15B for NFA to buy palay from local farmers

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The amount will be for the ‘exclusive and urgent’ procurement of at least 750,000 metric tons of palay from local farmers at the farmgate price of P20 per kilogram

RICE CRISIS. DA Secretary William Dar makes a surprise inspection on stalls selling NFA rice at the San Andres Market in Manila on September 13, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LP lawmakers seek P13.19-billion cash aid for rice farmers

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Liberal Party stalwart and Occidental Mindoro congresswoman Josephine Ramirez Sato says direct cash assistance, not the government's zero-interest loans, would help rice farmers

AID FOR FARMERS. Liberal Party lawmakers Jose Christopher Belmonte, Josephine Ramirez Sato, Stella Quimbo, and Gabriel Bordado file House Resolution No. 15 on September 11, 2019. Photo from Liberal Party Media

[OPINION] Ang magsasaka: Salamin ng kasipagan – at ng kahirapan

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Kung tatamad-tamad ka raw ay baka mahuli at maghirap ka. Paano naman ang ating mga magsasaka?

What you can do to help Filipino rice farmers

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Groups urge Filipinos to buy local rice and support Filipino farmers as they feel the severe effects of the rice tariffication law

HELP THE FARMERS. PH farmers facing an ordeal since the passing of the Philippine Rice Tariffication Law.

[ANALYSIS] Plummeting rice prices: How will our rice farmers cope?

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Unquestionably, we need to support all farmers whose incomes and livelihoods are now hurting because of rice tariffication

NEDA not keen on setting floor price for palay

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla says limiting how low palay prices can go would go against the purpose of the rice tariffication law

No cash transfers, just loans for rice farmers

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Farmers hurt by the rice tariffication law may loan up to P15,000 at zero interest, payable in 8 years

Farmers seek floor price as palay sells for just P7 per kilo

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Producing palay in the Philippines costs around P12 per kilo, but some farmers say they are forced to sell their harvest at P7 just to compete with imported rice

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

Farmers Plaza apologizes to Gretchen Diez, distances from errant employee

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'We hope this isolated incident, clearly a mistake committed by an agency worker not organic to our company, does not define our lasting good relations with all our customers,' Farmers Plaza management says in a statement

DETAINED. Transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joy Belmonte condemns Cubao mall's disregard of QC Gender Fair ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:39 AM

This comes after the Farmer's Market mall in the Araneta Center blocked trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez from using the women's restroom

FIRM STAND. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte condemns the discrimination gainst Gretchen Custodio Diez. Photo by Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Pangilinan: Release P20-billion cash aid to farmers affected by rice tariffication law

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:36 PM

'With the influx of rice imports, mas lumala ang kalagayan nila. Hindi na lalo mabayaran ang utang, lalong nababaon sa utang. Lalong nagugutom,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

SUPPORT. Senator Francis Pangilinan urges the government to release cash aid to farmers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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.

Recto files bill to write off farmers' debts from CARP

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Recto says the amount of farmers debt is 'small compared to the hundreds of billions in private sector loans it had written off over the past 40 years'

CARP DEBT. Senator Ralph Recto files a bill seeking to write off debt of farmers from agrarian reform loans. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte vetoes 7 bills in first 3 years in office

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Among the vetoed bills are the twin measures that would have fulfilled President Duterte's campaign promise to coconut farmers

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

BukidFresh lets you buy fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:20 PM

It helps you shop zero waste, too!

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.

Palawan's indigenous women lead sustainable upland farming, forest protection

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The alternative livelihood is seen to gradually wean indigenous peoples away from engaging in wildlife poaching and expanding their kaingin farm areas in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape

AGRICULTURE. The 33 watersheds within the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape are extremely valuable to the lowland agriculture economy in southern Palawan.  Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

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

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

IN PHOTOS: Pink Moon dazzles in the night sky

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Here are some photos of the Pink Moon taken from different parts of the Philippines

SPLENDID. The Pink Moon brilliantly dazzles in Clark, Pampanga on Friday night, April 19. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Here's why the Pink Moon on April 19 won't be pink

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The Pink Moon will almost be a 'supermoon' because of its distance from Earth

NASA photo

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines

Photo by Marites Sison

Farmers call on gov't to stop farm struggle, pass Coconut Trust Fund

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Kilus Magniniyog hopes to reclaim the coco levy funds – money collected from coconut farmers during the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

TRUST FUND. Coconut farmers marched from the Philippine Coconut Authority to Mendiola to protest the low prices of copra and to call for the passage of their version of the Coconut Farmers’ Trust Fund. Photo courtesy of Kilus Magniniyog

Church groups demand justice for massacred farmers

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Victims' families in Negros Oriental say the police wore bonnets and mercilessly executed their kin

A group of religious people from different sects gathered at the Barangay Mariana Park in Quezon City to air their protest and grievance on the death of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into farmers' killings

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the killings of farmers 'prove the inability' of the government to maintain peace and to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes

SLAIN BROTHERS. Wake of brothers Edgardo and Ismael Avelino who were killed in their homes in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Natokhang din sa Negros Oriental ang ating konsyensya

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Kakambal ng giyera kontra-droga at giyera laban sa Kaliwa ang pagkamanhid natin

P300-million loan facility set for Occidental Mindoro onion farmers

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The first P30 million will be given out to onion farmers' cooperatives in the second week of April

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

Duterte 'killing' farmers with 'weaponized' rice tariffication law – group

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:07 PM

'We will now be pushed and shoveled into the hammer mill of trade liberalization to be totally obliterated from the face of the earth,' says Silver Bonto, chairman of the National Confederation of Irrigators Associations

SMALL FARMERS. Upland farmers in Ligao City, Albay. plant rice using the primitive way of farming in the upland areas of the countryside. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler