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Government to set SRPs for imported, local rice

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Once implemented, suggested retail prices for rice would be adjusted every two weeks to reflect landing costs and average farmgate prices of palay

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rice stocks increase to 2.598 million MT in June 2019

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Philippines' rice stocks as of June 1 are deemed sufficient for 81 days

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

Rice straw biogas facility in Laguna makes use of waste

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The Rice Straw to Biogas project is the first of its kind and scale in the Philippines to use leftover rice straw to produce food, fuel, and soil conditioner

GLIMPSE. The country’s first rice straw biogas facility is set to formally open in Victoria, Laguna on June 26, 2019. Photo from Straw Innovations Ltd Press Release

Rice stocks hit 2.63 million metric tons in April 2019

May 13, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Household stocks still contribute the biggest share to the Philippines' total rice inventory despite a 14.4% drop from a year ago

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

DTI suggests removing rice SRPs as prices go down

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:40 PM

With rice prices as low as P32 per kilo, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says suggested retail prices for the staple are no longer needed. But it is up to the Department of Agriculture to decide.

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

3 regions post high rice yields despite El Niño

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Central Luzon, Ilocos, and Cagayan Valley survive the onslaught of El Niño due to proper irrigation, according to their agriculture regional directors

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

Palay production seen to slightly drop in Q1 2019

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Amid projections of lower palay production and reduced harvest area, the Philippine Statistics Authority says the yield per hectare may still go up

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

What's inside the IRR of the Rice Tariffication law?

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Does the IRR contain the safeguards that rice industry stakeholders are asking from government?

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rice inventory grows to 2.22 million MT in March

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Rice stocks are still increasing from a year ago despite the weak El Niño causing damage to crops early this year

Musuan Field - rice fields near Musuan Peak in Valencia Bukidnon. the Department of Agriculture has reported 8 million pesos losses in Rice farms in Bukidnon as a weak El Niño affects much of Northern Mindanao. the effect of the weather phenomena is expected to last until August this year. warmer ocean temperature results in way below average rainfall across the Philippines. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

NFA buys more palay in Q1 2019

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The National Food Authority buys 1.26 million bags of palay from January to March 2019, way higher than the 20,540 bags procured during the same period last year

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

El Niño's crop damage has no 'adverse impact' on national production – DA

Apr 02, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Meanwhile, the agriculture department's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management operations center reports that production losses as of April 2 has reached P5.05 billion

Upland farmers in Ligao City plant rice using "Bunkol" or (Bamboo), the primitive way of farming in the upland areas of the countryside. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Filipino netizens fume over Lonely Planet video featuring Banaue Rice Terraces

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) The video, which has since been taken down, said the terraces were 'first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese'

LONELY PLANET VIDEO. The travel guide earns the ire of Filipino netizens over this claim in a social media video. Screenshot from Lonely Planet

Price of palay down as gov't projects lower Q1 yield

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:20 PM

While the average farmgate price of palay is lower year-on-year, the prices of well-milled and regular milled rice are still higher from a year ago

Musuan Field - rice fields near Musuan Peak in Valencia Bukidnon. the Department of Agriculture has reported 8 million pesos losses in Rice farms in Bukidnon as a weak El Niño affects much of Northern Mindanao. the effect of the weather phenomena is expected to last until August this year. warmer ocean temperature results in way below average rainfall across the Philippines. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rice inventory up in February 2019 from a year ago

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Rice stocks grow by 19.24% in February 2019 compared to the same month in 2018

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Stakeholders' inputs included in amended rice tariffication law IRR

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the government listened to some of the proposals of rice industry stakeholders

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/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

NFA to halt regulatory functions on March 5

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The National Food Authority will immediately stop its regulatory functions as soon as the rice tariffication law takes effect

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rice tariffication law IRR set to be signed March 5

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Inputs from farmers and other rice industry stakeholders are expected to be inserted into the IRR

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FAST FACTS: How government will implement rice tariffication

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:43 AM

NEDA is crafting the Rice Tariffication law's implementing rules and regulations. Check out how the government intends to rollout the measure without compromising farmers' concerns

Israeli tourist falls off Banaue Rice Terraces

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Engineer Yossef Salomon, 57, is confined at the Veteran’s Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya, some 50 kilometers away from Batad in Banaue, Ifugao

BANAUE Rice Terraces. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Philippines can meet own rice demand, says crop expert

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:40 PM

If farmers decide to shift to planting high-value rice at the right time and place, Teodoro Mendoza says the country can achieve full rice self-sufficiency

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in Bulacan on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in preparation for planting rice. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the rice tariffication bill on February 15, 2019. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Consumer advocate proposes lowering SRPs for rice

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Laban Konsyumer president Victorio Dimagiba says suggested retail prices for rice should not be completely removed

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Government to settle for 93% rice self-sufficiency rate

Feb 21, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The unimpeded rice importation will mean that the locally produced rice should not fill up the Philippines' rice demand

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

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

Business as usual for rice industry after Duterte signs rice tariffication law

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The fight's not over, as rice industry stakeholders still have a chance to secure more safeguards before the implementing rules and regulations is finalized

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

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 signs rice tariffication law

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The law lifts import limits on rice, which opens the doors to more imported rice entering the country – a boon to Filipino consumers, but a bane to rice farmers and the local rice sector as a whole

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the members of his cabinet and the stakeholders from the rice industry at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Butterfly effect: How rice tariffication bill affects everyone

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Conversations about rice are a national conversation

CHAIN REACTION. Other industries which make use of byproducts from the rice industry are also at risk of being affected by the Rice Tariffication bill if passed into law without changes. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte open to changes in rice tariffication bill

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Rice industry stakeholders still hope the National Food Authority's regulatory powers will be retained, but President Rodrigo Duterte is against this

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the members of his cabinet and the stakeholders from the rice industry at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gov't body, producers reject sugar import liberalization

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:49 AM

'It is alarming to note that this decision to liberalize sugar importation stemmed from a collegial body which means all economic planners are into this,' says Sugar Regulatory Administration board member Emilio Yulo

Duterte asked to veto provisions in rice tariffication bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Various groups in the rice industry urge President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions which they say would lead to loss of jobs

VETO SOUGHT. Various sectors under the rice industry call for President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions in the rice tariffication bill, which only needs his signature to become a law. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

[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

Agri suffers P2.73 million production loss due to Tropical Depression Usman

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:19 PM

P2.13 million of that amount is rice production

USMAN. Effects of Tropical Depression Usman are shown in this photo of the Sugod River in Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

No more cheap NFA rice in 2019 – Piñol

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the National Food Authority would incur huge debts if it continues to distribute rice at low prices

A Staple Problem? History of rice crisis in the Philippines

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While the Philippines is known for its agricultural lands, the country continues to face recurring rice crises over the years

[ANALYSIS] How rough was 2018 for the PH economy?

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

All in all, there’s a sense that the Duterte government brought about needless economic hardships to the Filipino people in 2018

[ANALYSIS] Will rice tariffication live up to its promise?

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Absent sufficient safeguards, the Rice Fund might only serve as another costly leaky bucket that politicians can exploit

PCG seizes ship loaded with alleged smuggled rice

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The vessel, named MV Hulk, is found in Sulu carrying more or less 50,000 bags of rice

Photo courtesy of PCG Southern Mindanao

Senate approves bill lifting rice import limits

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:30 PM

If the rice tariffication bill is passed into law, a Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund would be created to protect the rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations

APPROVED. Rice tariffication is one of the means identified that would help address soaring inflation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan over rice cartel

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The justice department also indicts the trader for unlawful use of pseudonym ‘David Tan’

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is indicted of violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). Photo from Senate PRIB

Economic team urges agriculture dept to solve food supply problems

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The government's economic team says the Department of Agriculture must improve farmers' productivity to bring food prices down

FOOD PRICES. The government's economic team urges the Agriculture Department to implement reforms. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gov't sets suggested retail prices for rice

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol warns that traders who will not follow the SRPs would face jail time and a fine of up to P1 million

FAST FACTS: Rice prices in the Philippines

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:54 PM

A kilo of rice costs almost P50, and even P66 in Sulu, as of the 4th week of September 2018

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Oct 10, 2018 - 7:54 PM

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Duterte wants Chinese-Filipino businessman to head NFA

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:07 PM

A Chinese-Filipino who has been in the rice business for 'maybe 20 years' may soon be named National Food Authority administrator by President Rodrigo Duterte

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply