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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 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

'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

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

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

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

#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.'

'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

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

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

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

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

Gov't to support farmers amid moves to lift rice import quotas

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Lifting rice import quotas means cheaper rice for consumers, but may hurt Filipino farmers if they can't compete with their counterparts in countries like Vietnam

RICE TARIFFICATION. Even if 250,000 MT of imported rice is scheduled to arrive in May, the government says this will not be able to meet the country's rice demand in the succeeding months

Recto hit for 'excluding' coconut farmers from coco levy bill

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'Pera na nga namin, maglo-lobby pa kami? Pera na nga namin, makikiusap pa kami?' says Ed Mora, lead convenor of the Kilusang Magniniyog, on the need for congressional approval before use of coco levy funds

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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May 29, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Send-off for Leni: Sumilao farmers hope to propel Robredo to VP post

May 06, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The Sumilao farmers and representatives from various sectors throw a send off ceremony for Robredo who championed their cause as a lawyer for an NGO

SHOW OF SUPPORT. Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo is flanked by leaders from various basic sectors in a send-off program on Friday, May 6, 2016. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Sarmiento orders fact-finding panels to probe Kidapawan clash

Apr 05, 2016 - 4:26 PM

One panel will focus on police actions during the dispersal while the other panel will check if the local government had done all it could to address the drought caused by El Niño

KIDAPAWAN CLASH. Police and farmers face-off in Kidapawan. File photo from the PNP's official Facebook page

#StartsWithACup: The story that brews your coffee

Sep 28, 2015 - 7:41 PM

The local coffee industry is not as perky as it should be but you can do your part by starting with a cup

A coffee conversation that #StartsWithACup

Sep 28, 2015 - 12:03 PM

Coffee has become more than just a drink Tell us what is coffee to you?

DA to farmers: Use rainy season to fight El Niño

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:40 PM

The start of the rainy season in parts of the country is a chance for farmers to plant early and collect rainwater in preparation for the dryer days ahead says the agency

SAVING WATER. This water impounding system or water pond acts as a repository for rainwater which farmers can use on a dry day. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Marching coconut farmers seek audience with Aquino

Nov 17, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The coconut farmers are more than half way done with their 71 day 1 750 kilometer journey Will Aquino face them in Malacañang?

Hunger wRap: Faces of PH agriculture

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:18 PM

How important are fisherfolk and farmers in the fight against hunger in the Philippines?

Empowering farmers against climate change

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:09 PM

With the looming effects of climate change it is important that the hardest hit sector is secure

Aquino's 2015 agri budget: What's in it, what's missing

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:55 PM

There are big increases for the fisheries and coconut sectors and focus on agricultural infrastructure but improving farmers land tenure is not a priority

ROAD TO RICE SELF-SUFFICIENCY. The Philippine rice sector needs more irrigation, farm mechanization, credit for farmers and better post-harvest facilities to attain rice self-sufficiency and competitiveness against other rice-producing countries

'Farmers, fishermen left out in Yolanda recovery efforts'

Feb 06, 2014 - 1:12 AM

Oxfam says there s no funding with the UN for coconut farmers and fishermen who support more than 1 million families and are now dependent on aid

DEVASTATED. This aerial photo shows uprooted coconut trees on a hill near the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar 3 days after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck on November 8. Photo by Agence France-Presse/Ted Aljibe

Coconut farmers face ruin after Haiyan

Nov 21, 2013 - 1:09 PM

It hurts Coconut farming families are going to go hungry says an official

DEVASTATED. This aerial photo shows uprooted coconut trees on a hill near the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013 only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors on November 11 after the super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE