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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

E-Magsasaka 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

German farmers sue government over missed climate targets

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:00 AM

German farmers launch a challenge against the German government for having 'given up' trying to achieve cuts in greenhouse gas emissions set out under its own climate target

HAY. Farmer Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst smells the hay in the feed storage facility on his farm Gut Ogrosen Hof in Vetschau, eastern Germany on November 27, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

#TheLeaderIWant: Erin Tañada on being a voice for farmers, laborers

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:08 PM

What will the scion of the Tañada clan do to stand out in the polls and finally succeed in getting the Senate seat he has been aspiring for?

[OPINION] Who will feed the farmers?

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'This is not the first massacre of farmers in Philippine history. Filipino farmers have long fought for genuine agrarian reforms... They ask for land, not bullets.'

Massacres, incidents of violence against farmers

Oct 23, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Filipino farmers have taken it upon themselves to fight for their rights but have been met with bullets as protests turn violent

'Duterte betrayed us on coco levy promise,' says farmers group

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:37 PM

'Pinagtaksilan kami ni Duterte... Taliwas ito sa kanyang pangakong panig siya sa aming mga naghihirap na maliliit na magniniyog,' says Kilus Magniniyog after the president threatened to veto coco levy bill

BETRAYAL? In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte promised coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them via a trust fund. File photo by Rappler

Cagayan farmers on Ompong-hit crops: 'Like losing gamble vs nature'

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Parang talo na lang sa sugal. Ganoon na lang ang iniisip natin kasi hindi naman natin hawak 'yung panahon,' says 48-year-old farmer Ricardo Rumbaua

Cagayan farmers on typhoon-damaged crops: 'Feels like losing to gambling'. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Filipino farmers risk death to save crop from Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:37 PM

It's a 'kapit sa patalim' situation for the hardy Filipino farmer

Farmer Josephine Dayag shows us her corn plantation damaged by strong winds in Brgy Lingu, Solana, Cagayan Valley after super typhoon Mangkhut locally named "Ompong," made its landfall in the Northern Philippines, on September 16, 2018. Department of Agriculture says the Super Typhoon may damage 1.22 million hectares of rice and corn. Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/Greenpeace

Cagayan farmers harvest crops early to mitigate Typhoon Ompong losses

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:29 PM

Aside from sacrificing some crops he cannot harvest, corn farmer Elvis Lacambra says he already considers half of his supposed proceeds a loss

RUSH HARVEST. Cagayan farmers harvest premature crops rather than lose it from Typhoon Ompong. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Sugar farmers oppose URC mill purchase in Nasugbu

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Luzon Federation of Sugarcane Growers Association fears that Universal Robina Corporation's acquisition of Central Azucarera Don Pedro will 'remove entirely any semblance of competition in the sugar milling market of Batangas'

SUGAR MILL. An aerial view of the Central Azucarera Don Pedro in Nasugbu, Batangas. Photo from the Roxas Holdings, Inc website

Robredo hits Piñol: 'Insensitive' to say high rice prices benefit farmers

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also slams the 'conflicting' statements of several government agencies on the ongoing rice crisis

'WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN?' Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the rice crisis in an ambush interview on August 29, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

High rice prices a win for farmers – Piñol

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Farmers never had it so good until today,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

PERSPECTIVE. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol appeals to the public to look at the rice situation in another light. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Imports to address inflation? Support farmers instead – Bam Aquino

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:46 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV warns rice tariffication might be another 'knee-jerk reaction' to bring down inflation

INFLATION. Senator Bam Aquino says the government should support local farmers and fishermen instead of relying on imports to curb inflation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar pushes for P10-billion rice farmers' subsidy

Aug 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she won't agree to rice tariffication if farmers would not get subsidies

SUBSIDIES. Senator Cynthia Villar vows to block rice tariffication without subsidies for farmers. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Final version of coco levy bill shatters farmers' hopes

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:48 PM

'Maaaring magtagal na naman ang aming paghihintay at pakikibaka bago makamit ng mga mahihirap at maliliit na magniniyog ang bunga ng coco levy,' says a national coalition of coconut farmers' movements

VILLAR LAUDS APPROVAL OF COCO LEVY BILL BY BICAM PANEL- Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the approval by the bicameral conference committee of the reconciled version of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act, "marks the end of the long and grueling journey of enacting a law which will make sure 3.5 million coconut farmers will greatly benefit from the P100-billion funds which are rightfully theirs." In photo are members of the bicam panel (standing) Rep. Cecilia Chavez, Sen.Francis Pangilinan, Rep. Celso Lobregat, Rep. Arthur Yap, Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria; (seated) Rep. Evelina Escudero, Villar, Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., and Rep. Sharon Garin. Also in photo are Department of Agriculture officials. Photo by the office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

In La Union, farmers let tourists pick grapes

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Tourists don't mind shelling out P300 per kilo of red cardinal grapes as long as they do the picking themselves

FRESH FRUITS. Tourist Chi Vallido fofCavite City  visits Bauang in La Union to harvest fresh grapes. Photo by Mau Victa

Sweden farmers feeling burden of historic drought

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A large part of Sweden, as well as Denmark, southern Norway and northern Finland, is currently experiencing a period of extreme heat which, according to weather forecasts, is unlikely to end soon

DRY SWEDEN. A picture taken on July 16, 2018 shows a cattle taking shelter from the sun under a tree in Malmkoping, Central Sweden. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

Farmers still hungry after 30 years of agrarian reform

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Farmers appeal to Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones to help them move out from unfair deals with tycoons

Libro, hindi bala: Fundraising book sale to be held for peasant children

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:13 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Organizations are coming together to help ease the suffering of fellow farmers in other parts of the country