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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

'Na-Duterte kami:' Why farmers feel betrayed by coco levy vetoes

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Coconut farmers slam President Duterte for inconsistencies amid the veto of two coconut levy bills, which would have paved the way for the use of funds stolen from them

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Farmers contest rice tariffication law hours before IRR signing

Mar 05, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Rice farmers are questioning if the law will be properly implemented

Peasant groups continue to protest the recently enacted Rice Tariffication Law for two consecutive days in front of the Department of Agriculture central office in Quezon City The law will literally smash down the country's value of palay production, that reached last year to more than P350 to P380 billion. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte veto: Coconut trust fund bill may be unconstitutional

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also argues that the current bill's proposed coconut trust fund may benefit wealthy coconut farmer owners more than smallholder farmers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during his meeting with the Filipinos based in Papua New Guinea at the Filipino Community Center in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Robredo on rice tariffication law: Ensure 'safety nets' for farmers

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says measures should be in place to ensure that farmers will not suffer with the newly signed rice tariffication law

SAFETY NETS. Robredo meets with bell pepper farmers of Kiangan, Ifugao on January 30, 2019. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

Progressive groups fear new tariff law will lead to rice cartels

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) But proponents of the new rice tariffication law say it will lower the price of the food staple to a level more affordable for Filipinos

farmers North of Manila having a busy day for continues harvesting of their rice grains, one of the main source of race grain in the Philippines . photo by mau victa

Duterte vetoes coconut farmers trust fund bill

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:28 PM

It's back to the drawing board for lawmakers on how the P76-billion coco levy funds will be managed in order to benefit coconut farmers

VETO. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2019. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Why Duterte vetoed bill on Philippine Coconut Authority

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:23 AM

There are 3 main reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte, with a 'heavy heart,' sent the enrolled bill back to Congress for further deliberation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Amid oversupply, online grocery store helps farmers sell vegetables

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

You can now buy vegetables from this online grocery store to help farmers affected by low prices and oversupply

File photo from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Rice tariffication good for the country, Filipino farmers

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The proposed law removes the National Food Authority's rice import monopoly, and will kick off the process of substantially reducing the inefficiencies and collusion in the rice market system

Gov't will offer loans to Cordillera vegetable farmers – Piñol

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says farmers will be able to borrow up to P50,000, with interest

Low prices leave Benguet vegetables rotting

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Long lines of vegetable trucks wait to unload their produce – only to be told that the prices are too low

LA TRINIDAD Vegetable Trading Post. Rappler file photo

Bicol farmers affected by Usman to get soft loans, aid

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:03 PM

At least 28,714 farmers and 30,900.07 hectares in Bicol were affected by Usman and the tail end of the cold front

DESTROYED. This riceland in Albay has turned into a lake for several days due to flooding brought by Tropical Depression Usman and the Tail End of the Cold Front in December 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Unpredictable weather linked to climate change is laying waste to Cambodian fields

BRICK FACTORY. This photograph taken on December 11, 2018 shows Cambodian women working at a brick factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. - Saddled with debt from failed harvests, tens of thousands of farmers are turning to brick factories, where owners pay off their bills in exchange for labour. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP