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San Miguel to buy excess carabao milk from farmers’ cooperatives

May 30, 2020 - 4:31 PM

'By buying their excess milk, we are hoping to help not only our farmers stay in business but also get these produce to food banks and communities,' says SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang

CARABAO MILK. A man collects milk from a carabao. Photo from the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center website

Filipino farmers, fisherfolk most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses due to climate change

May 23, 2020 - 8:03 AM

An expert says prolonged heat exposure increases the vulnerability of farmers and fisherfolk to 'climate-sensitive' illnesses, such as heat stress and heat stroke

A DAY'S WORK. Fisherfolk dock a fishing boat along the shore of Barangay Paltic in Dingalan, Aurora. Photo by Kathleen Lei Limayo

Lockdown 'accident': Online shop helps Dumagat farmers sell produce in Metro Manila

May 22, 2020 - 1:30 PM

One man's rash decision to buy 5 jeeps of produce blossoms into a social enterprise that helps farmers, and those who've found themselves jobless during the coronavirus lockdown

During pandemic, farmers find home for their produce in online platform

May 07, 2020 - 6:09 PM

DELIVER-e hopes to solve the supply chain gap from farmers to the markets or doorsteps of consumers

PH farmers sell P1.6-B worth of agri products for coronavirus relief of LGUs

May 07, 2020 - 5:14 PM

As many as 245 LGUs purchase P1.58 billion worth of farmers' yield – palay, milled rice, corn, vegetables, fruits, pork, chicken, fish, and spices – in the past two months

FRESH PRODUCE. Fresh vegetables are arranged in the municipal gym of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao before being distributed to residents. Photo courtesy of Bai Settie Shahara Mastura

Bulacan farmers group sells 4 tons of produce online since lockdown

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The online Bagsakan farmers market is launched on March 21 on Facebook. Farmers bring their crops to pick up points in Quezon City once a week.

600,000 farmers to receive P5,000 pandemic relief

Apr 06, 2020 - 6:20 PM

'Our rice farmers will receive it as a direct cash transfer that they can use to buy either farm inputs, food for their families, or anything they need,' says Agriculture Secretary William Dar

Farmers trash spoiled vegetables while poor go hungry

Apr 06, 2020 - 5:01 PM

The government plays catch up fixing disrupted supply chains caused by vague lockdown rules

[OPINION] Do you believe in 'quiet activism?'

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:41 PM

'I realized that activism does not always need to be performed publicly, that some kinds of activism are not obvious'

How an agritourism spot empowers Palawan farmers through art

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:37 PM

For the resident artists in Yamang Bukid in Puerto Princesa, guiding farmers to find their creative genius is a way of empowering marginalized workers

YAMANG BUKID. Yamang Bukid in Puerto Princesa,Palawan. Photo courtesy of JM Zapanta

‘Magtahi ay di biro’: At stitching workshop, advocates tackle farmers’ struggles

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Workshop participants create a banner, which they will unfurl at a Valentine's Day demonstration calling for the repeal of the rice tariffication law

STITCH TO RESIST. Advocates learn blanket stitching while holding a discussion on the effects of the rice tariffication law during "Magtahi ay 'di Biro" workshop at the Studio Soup Zine Library, Cubao Expo on February 8. All photos from Makô

WATCH: Cavite coffee farmers struggle to rise from the ashes

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Ashfall from Taal Volcano destroys hectares of coffee trees in Amadeo, Cavite

[OPINION] The price we pay when we neglect our farmers

Jan 27, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Farmers like Mang Dante struggle to survive the severe effects of the rice tariffication law. It's because of stories like his that farmers need your moral and financial support.

Gov't readies cash loan for farmers affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Department of Agriculture says affected farmers and fisherfolk may get a loan of P25,000 with zero interest, payable in 3 years

Biggest fears for 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 2:00 PM

What are yours?

Rice tariffication: Birth pains force farmers' kids out of school

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:05 PM

They're ditching farming as their children drop out of school. Will there still be Filipino rice farmers left in this new decade?

How a simple noche buena project evolved to help rice farmers in Nueva Ecija

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Looking back, I can’t help but wonder how a simple noche buena gift-giving project was able to take on a life of its own and evolve into this

GIVING BACK. The author, along with Team Pilipinas, leads a humble initiative to help farmers' families in Talavera, Nueva Ecija. All photos from Team Pilipinas

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

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

[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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 konsyensiya

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

'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

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