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[OPINION] Cynthia Villar: Champion of the 'personal interest first' policy

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'How I wish that in the future, the Senate may have a more strict way of selecting chairpersons for committees. Put someone in the agricultural committee who does not forget that their service is for the country and the people.'

America's first cannabis cafe opens in Hollywood

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe seats 240 diners and is open to people aged 21 and over

Italian hydroponics farm bets on 'red gold'

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using water fortified with mineral nutrients and oxygen instead.

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How expensive organic food led this couple to pursue sustainable farming

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:06 AM

They grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs without synthetic fertilizers, and raise their animals without antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones

[OPINION] Agriculture graduates should try working with an NGO

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:29 PM

You may decide not to stay long, but the lessons will stay with you forever

Joanne Ramos' 'The Farm' is an eerie depiction of just how far OFWs would go for a loved one

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Joanne Ramos's debut novel is disturbingly close to the reality of many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

Scientist looks to resurrect Hong Kong's 'Pearl of the Orient' past

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'We have a history of pearl fishing of over one thousand years... but because of overfishing in Hong Kong, we only have very few of them left,' says former investment banker turned scientist Yan Wa-tat

In this picture taken on March 14, 2019, a worker harvests pearls, each containing a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip, on a fishing raft culturing Akoya pearl oysters, in the rural Sai Kung region of Hong Kong. On a raft floating off Hong Kong's rural eastern coastline former investment banker turned scientist Yan Wa-tat patiently scrapes barnacles off some 2,000 oysters -– a tiresome but crucial part of his mission to bring back pearl farming. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Over 600 metric tons of fish killed in Taal Lake

May 31, 2019 - 11:06 PM

(UPDATED) The DENR says the fish kill is not expected to affect supply and prices of tilapia, but the public is advised to continue to check their fish purchases for freshness

FISH KILL. During an inspection by representatives of the environment department in Calabarzon on May 30, 2019, some fish cages in Taal, Batangas, are found to still have dead tilapia that need to be hauled to shore. Sourced photo

Farm output growth slows to 0.67% in Q1 2019

May 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Though the Department of Agriculture said El Niño would have little effect on national production especially for rice, the dry spell does hurt 1st quarter production of the crops subsector

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Northern Blossom Flower Farm: Atok’s floral carpet

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:25 PM

How a humble cut flower farm in Atok, Benguet, is upping the local tourism landscape

Photo by Ivan Layugan/Rappler

Farmers pin hope on Duterte during Bukidnon visit

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay City, says he will distribute land to farmers

Photo shows the 4th attempt of the Fortich Farms Landless Beneficiaries Association (FFLBA) to enter their 55 hectares of land. Photo from Nelfa Gonzales/Task Force Mapalad.

Maria Ressa wins surprise award at inaugural BOLD Awards

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:12 AM

The BOLD Awards aims to shine a spotlight on bold and breakthrough projects in a number of fields, such as crowdsourcing, open innovation, and other technology-related sectors

THE BOLD AWARDS. The MCs along with H-Farm's Maurizio Rossi. Image from https://bold-awards.com

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

210 violation notices issued to Batangas livestock farms

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Ipat Luna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources wants livestock farms to develop wastewater treatment facilities

North Korea admits farming failures amid food shortages

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:30 PM

United Nations agencies estimate that 10.3 million people in North Korea are in need of humanitarian assistance

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

Russian trolls aimed to deter black U.S. voters – study

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The primary goal of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is to deepen divisions in US society and convince Democrat-favoring liberals – including Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community – not to vote, a report says

To tame inflation, agriculture must improve – economic managers

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Economic managers urge the Department of Agriculture to invest in modern farming tools to improve farmer productivity

IMPROVEMENT. Economic managers call on the Department of Agriculture to implement programs to improve farmer productivity. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler


Rappler story on Sorsogon bee farm wins at Bright Leaf Awards

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Bright Leaf Awards honors the most outstanding stories on agricultural issues and best farming practices

SUCCESS. Rappler contributor Mavic Conde receives the award for Best Online Story at the 12th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards on November 16. Photo courtesy of 12th Bright Leaf Awards Secretariat

[OPINION] Preserving indigenous knowledge in disaster recovery

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Keeping indigenous knowledge systems, practices, and beliefs alive will allow communities of smallholder farmers to maintain their culture and the balance in their ecosystem without sacrificing their livelihood

Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems – study

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

An international team of scientists finds that predatory raptor birds are 4 times rarer in areas of plateau where wind turbines are present

[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.'

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan hopes that in 5 years, his town will no longer be dependent on mining

HELP NEEDED. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan at the operations and relief center at Barangay Tuding. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

How beekeeping helped a Sorsogon coconut farm

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:56 PM

As coconut pollinators, kiwot bees have helped the farm increase its yield by as much as 50%

Fresh corruption charges vs Sajid Ampatuan over P500-M road projects

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The former Maguindanao governor is already facing 197 counts of corruption charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

CORRUPTION CHARGES. The Office of the Ombudsman indicts anew former Maguindanao governor Datu Sjid Islam Ampatuan over anomalous P500 million worth farm-to-market projects. File photo by Jef Maitem

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

Lonely furrow: Little pay dirt for organic farming in Japan

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:00 PM

One of the problems faced by shops offering organic food is a Japanese obsession with how fruit and vegetables look and are packaged

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather wraps up PH tour reminiscing beach days

May 12, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The retired American boxer pampers himself in the natural wonders of El Nido and Samal Island

MORE FUN IN THE PH. Floyd Mayweather chills by the poolside of El Nido's eco-luxury resort Pangulasian Island. Photo from Instagram (@floydmayweather)

Organic farming helps lessen health risks in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Benjamin Maggay, former mayor of Cervantes, notices that whenever their farmers use chemicals, they develop lung problems two to three days after

DEMO. Local authorities demonstrate how organic farming methods are done. Photo by Kaya Natin! Movement

4 Chinese, 4 Filipinos arrested in Batangas drug raids

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says that based on Chinese intelligence reports, the shabu laboratory discovered in a farm in Ibaan town 'was organized by a Hong Kong-based kingpin'

SHABU LAB. The PDEA dismantles a shabu lab in Batangas. PDEA photo

Gokongwei-led RRHI acquiring Rustan’s supermarket chain

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Robinsons Retail Holdings announces a P18-billion share swap deal to purchase the grocery chain operator from the Dairy Farm Group

Sunflower farm in Quezon plants seeds of hope for PWDs

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

’We need to change the mindset that PWDs are limited and that they can’t do anything,’ says PWD advocate Rhodora Fresnedi

[OPINION] Is agrarian reform a dying issue?

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:32 PM

As of June 2016, almost 600,000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. Landowners stall the land acquisition and distribution process through various methods.

AGRARIAN REFORM. As of June 2016, almost 600 000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

How Guimaras got rid of coal

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'We want to show the world that we don't need dirty energy to power development,' says Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin

Weed-killer prompts angry divide among US farmers

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Dicamba is used to great effect against a weed that plagues the region, Palmer amaranth, or pigweed. The problem with dicamba is that it vaporizes easily and is carried by the wind, often spreading to nearby farm fields – with varying effects.

ON THE DICAMBA DEBATE. Farmer Perry Galloway holds a sign reading "Farmers Need Dicamba" at his farm in Gregory, Arkansas, on November 7, 2017.  Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Beyond bagnet: Ilocos Sur’s best-kept culinary secrets

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:30 PM

We take a look at the roots – literally and figuratively – of the crop of Ilocos’ cuisine and culture

ILOCANO STAPLE. The camote is at the center of Ilocano cuisine. All photos by Paolo F. Vergara

Cacao beans from Davao cited as among world's best in Paris

Nov 02, 2017 - 4:12 PM

Puentespina Farms' cacao beans make it to the top 50 entries at the 2017 International Cocoa Awards

MADE IN DAVAO. Malagos Chocolate made from cacao beans cultivated in Puentespina Farms in Davao City. All photos from the Malagos Chocolate Facebook Page

ASEAN businesses not a threat to Filipino farmers

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Helping farmers should form part of companies' corporate strategy and not just fall under their corporate social responsibility, say experts at the 2nd Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship Conference

DOT launches 'It's More Fun in Philippine Farms' to promote farm tourism

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:01 PM

The program aims to encourage travelers to try farm tourism as an activity

Small nations, big lessons

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Being ambitious is not a bad thing. Small in geography need not mean 'small-country mentality and policies.'

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

#IAmHampasLupa: Promoting farming, mindful eating on social media

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sustainable food production and consumption are crucial in reducing carbon footprint, thereby mitigating climate change

Save and share: The key to affordable organic produce

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM

For Kai Farms' Karla Delgado, organic doesn't have to be expensive

NO PLASTIC. Seedlings are sprouted in banana leaf pots, which can be planted directly into the soil, or removed for roots to spread out. Photo by Audrey N. Carpio

Filipino millennials helping farmers cope with climate change

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:52 AM

RiceUp Filipino Farmers is a social enterprise that helps local farmers become resilient and self sustaining even when the odds are not in their favor

SOCIAL GOOD. Students from Hawaii started RiceUp to help Filipino farmers cope with climate change. Photos by Roy Joseph Roberto

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How to protect farmers from disasters, climate risk

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Microinsurance adaptation and risk mitigation help build the resilience of the agricultural sector

READY FOR DISASTERS. Cebuana Lhuillier, with the support of the Insurance Commission, Climate Change Commission, and the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), holds a forum on August 9, 2017 in Makati City to discuss ways to foster disaster resilience among micro, small, and medium enterprises, farmers, and fisherfolk. Photo courtesy of Cebuana Lhuillier

Dismayed House panel wants bigger agriculture budget

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:50 PM

In a budget hearing lawmakers express support for the Department of Agriculture s original budget proposal of P220 billion significantly higher than the P60 6 billion that economic managers set

DEFERRED. The House committee on appropriation defers the consideration of the Department of Agriculture's proposed budget for 2018. File photo by Rappler

Piñol wants rationalization of PH rural road programs

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the farm to market road program should get at least P20 billion in the 2018 budget

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Jul 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

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