rice imports

NFA Council activates authority to import 250,000 MT of rice

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The importation, to be done through government-to-private method, will be used to replenish the National Food Authority's rice buffer stock for calamities or other emergencies

ICC on Duterte, Poe slams Roque, Malacanang on rice supply | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 'Unli-rice' and unlimited possibilities

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It is unrealistic for public officials to expect Filipinos to expand their diet when they have nothing else – except government-supplied rice – to begin with

Did Evasco compel Jason Aquino to toe the line?

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?

After criticisms, Villar clarifies she won't file bill vs unlimited rice

Jun 15, 2017 - 11:57 AM

I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies in a statement

UNLI RICE. Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies her earlier statement and says she will not file a bill seeking to ban the serving of unlimited rice in restaurants. File photo

NFA Council: 250k MT rice to be imported via private traders

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED The Council also introduces changes to the government to private importation scheme to guard against corruption

After Evasco, Go meeting, will NFA issue be resolved soon?

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Two of the President s most trusted men have a talk and make a show of friendship Does this mean the rice importation issue will be resolved soon?

DUTERTE'S TRUSTED. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and SAP Bong Go share a light moment at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Security Briefing held at the Philippine Ports Authority Conference Room in Bohol on April 19, 2017. Presidential photo

Who is NFA chief Jason Aquino and why is he controversial?

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs published in 2015 a notice to warn the public against transacting with retired army major Jason Aquino one of a few dozen employees earlier accused in the media of colluding with smugglers

Think tank to Duterte: Allow rice importation, end NFA monopoly

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Neither allowing the National Food Authority to solely import rice nor stopping all rice imports is good for the Filipino consumer or the Filipino rice farmer says an economic policy think tank

RICE POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture chief Manny Piñol check the quality of the rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation in Nueva Ecija. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Apr 11, 2017 - 1:40 PM

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Duterte orders NFA to prioritize buying rice from PH farmers

Apr 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who is pushing for government to government rice importation to buy from local farmers instead

LOCAL PRODUCE. President Rodrigo Duterte checks the quality of the hybrid rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation at the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative (NMAPMPC) Compound in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on April 5, 2017. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe 'NFA syndicate'

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino an ex coup plotter

CONFLICT IN NFA. Dismissed Undersecretary Halmen Valdez insists she and her boss, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, are working in the interest of Filipino farmers. File photo by Noel Celis / Agence France-Presse

NFA head faces sanction for impeding rice importation orders – Evasco

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The National Food Authority council has decided to extend the rice importation through minimum access volume scheme from February 28 to March 31

File photo by AFP

Inflation rises to 2.5% in November

Dec 06, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The increase means the country s inflation rate is at its highest level since February 2015

DOF expects October inflation at 2.5%

Oct 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Benign inflation will continue to support economic growth and steel the economy from external volatilities DOF Undersecretary Gil Beltran says

WITHIN RANGE. The expected uptick would peg the 10-month inflation rate at 1.6%, which is still below the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC)'s target range of 2% to 4% in 2016. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Inflation rises to 2.3% in September

Oct 05, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The September figure – the highest recorded for the year so far – is still within the central bank s forecast of 1 6 to 2 4

Betting against the weather: PH imports 1M tons of rice and hopes it is enough

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:28 PM

Local rice output is down so far and government projections that it would rise in the second half of 2016 look misguided given recent weather patterns

Change our rice policy

Jun 01, 2016 - 3:30 PM

If the incoming Duterte administration s objective is to make food more affordable then it should go in the opposite direction and make a real change: abolish the NFA s rice monopoly

Diokno to next president: Focus on tax reform, foreign ownership limits

Apr 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Former budget secretary Benjamin Diokno says President Benigno Aquino III s successor can make major changes to entice foreign investors

Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

NFA: Beware of fake administrator soliciting money

Jan 23, 2016 - 11:53 AM

This is not the first time someone has claimed to be the administrator of the National Food Authority

Fake rice: NBI steps in

Jul 13, 2015 - 5:30 PM

NFA findings show that the presence of chemicals in the rice samples could not be attributed to mishandling during delivery

April PH imports decline, lowest in 3 months

Jun 25, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Capital and consumer goods remain afloat despite the year on year decline the National Economic and Development Authority says

NFA rejects rice supply offers

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:16 PM

All offers both initial and revised are above the reference price the National Food Authority says

NFA opens importation of 805,200 MT of rice

Jun 13, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Under the MAV scheme rice importers can enjoy a lower tariff beginning this year until 2017

AGRICULTURAL POWERHOUSES. Come ASEAN integration, Filipino rice farmers would be pitted against Thailand and Vietnam that can easily bring in rice to the Philippines at low tariff. AFP photo shows Filipino farmer in Misamis Oriental

PH gov't opens lower tariff scheme for rice importers in June

Jun 07, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The minimum access volume scheme allows importers from the private sector to bring in rice at lower costs until 2017

Vietnam to bag deal for part of PH rice import needs

Jun 06, 2015 - 1:05 PM

The Philippine government moves to further improve the rice buffer stock for the coming lean months brought by the expected poor production this semester

STOCKING UP. 500,000 metric tons of rice are needed for the lean season. File photo by Rappler

Crop damages due to dry spell now worth P2.19B

May 25, 2015 - 10:43 PM

The agriculture department says 29 714 hectares of rice and 25 086 rice farmers are already affected by the prevailing dry spell

Gov't OKs additional 250,000 MT of rice imports

May 22, 2015 - 1:37 PM

The importation is in preparation for the lean months starting July while another 250 000 MT is on standby in case El Niño adversely affects rice production

PH to ink agriculture, food cooperation agreement with Cambodia

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The country’s Department of Agriculture is already working on the details of the technical cooperation and information exchange between the two countries

PH rice inventory good for 69 days – PSA

Mar 07, 2015 - 3:02 PM

As of February domestic rice and corn inventory levels are both up from last year

Domestic rice stocks will last 69 days according to the NFA. File Photo by Rappler

PH to import rice stocks for the lean season

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:35 PM

The total volume of rice would be imported through government to government deals with Thailand Vietnam and Cambodia

PH rice supply enough for 3 months

Jan 16, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The overall uptrend is attributed to higher domestic production and adequate bulk importation from Vietnam and Thailand says the Philippine Statistics Authority

SUPPLY CHECK. Keeping the rice supply in check is crucial because it tames the grain’s retail price in the market. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

NFA awards rice supply contract to Thailand, Vietnam

Oct 14, 2014 - 9:33 PM

The National Food Authority Council will import 500 000 metric tons of rice for buffer stock the first tranche of which is expected to arrive in October

NFA to rebid rice buffer import

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:35 AM

After a failed bidding on August 27 the National Food Authority is ready to amend the approved budget for contract to ensure rice import delivery by September

Alcala chief of staff goes on leave, denies bribe

Aug 26, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Dennis Guerrero also a former special assistant to the NFA administrator denies NFA officials accepted bribes from a rice cargo handler

NO ANOMALIES. Dennis Guerrero, chief of staff of Agriculture Secretary, maintains that NFA officials had good reasons to replace a rice cargo handler of NFA rice from Vietnam which arrived in May 2013. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Alcala: PH 98% rice self-sufficient in 2014

Aug 13, 2014 - 5:57 PM

But despite improving rice self sufficiency levels congressmen ask why the government is increasing rice imports

ENOUGH RICE. Barring major natural calamities, the Philippines can be 98% self-sufficient in 2014

Rice prices remain high in August

Aug 11, 2014 - 6:20 PM

The government is opening the bid for 500 000 MT of rice imports this month to curb rising prices

AGRICULTURE DOWN. Production of palay went up by 3.28% but the agriculture sector, as a whole, slowed down in the first quarter of 2014. AFP file photo

NBI to charge Bangayan for rigging rice import bidding

Aug 06, 2014 - 7:14 PM

The NBI alleges Bangayan used farmers cooperatives as dummies to secure import permits from the NFA under a program that provides tax subsidies to private rice traders

5 foreign firms bidding for PH rice supply

Apr 03, 2014 - 5:01 PM

The government will hold an open bidding for the supply of 800 000 MT of rice buffer stock

OPEN TO ALL. Governments and private companies with no rice supply agreement with the Philippines can participate in the bidding for Manila's rice buffer stock this year. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH food wastage: Think twice before wasting your meal

Mar 20, 2014 - 6:12 PM

There is enough food in the world for everyone but one third of all food is wasted globally

FOOD LOSS. Among developing countries like the Philippines, food loss occurs even before consumption. Food is already lost during the production and postharvest stages. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

SC TRO on alleged smuggled rice 'initial victory' for farmers

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the Deparment of Agriculture praised the Supreme Court s TRO which stopped the release of alleged smuggled rice shipments in Davao

HAPPY. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla welcomes the Supreme Court decision.

Coop faces smuggling raps for P34-M illegal rice imports

Feb 06, 2014 - 11:23 AM

The latest filing comes amid a Senate inquiry into massive rice smuggling in the country by traders led by an influential man going by the name David Tan

RICE SMUGGLING. The Senate is investigating massive illegal importation of rice that has affected the livelihood of farmers in the country. AFP PHOTO

Senators to DOJ: Legal stand on rice import quotas needed

Jan 22, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Senate President Drilon says a vague interpretation of whether WTO quotas have been lifted is being exploited by rice smugglers

Rappler Newscast | January 22, 2014

Jan 22, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Aquino hits Revilla Accused rice smuggler admits financing farmer groups for rice import permits Thai protesters continue to fight

PH to import rice for buffer stock after Yolanda

Nov 19, 2013 - 6:10 PM

The imports will be done under a government to government deal before the end of this year

BUFFER STOCK. The Philippines imports additional rice to boost stock in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. Photo from the International Rice Research Institute

DA: No rice imports outside WTO deal in 2014

Sep 25, 2013 - 5:44 PM

The country will not import rice outside its international trade commitment of 350 000 MT in 2014

SELF-SUFFICIENT. President Benigno Aquino III says the government is helping farmers increase their harvests in line with the country's goal of being self-sufficient in rice. Photo by AFP

Chinese rice imports toxic?

May 20, 2013 - 9:29 PM

The Philippines will continue importing rice from China despite reports Chinese authorities found high levels of cadmium in rice products from Guangzhou

TOXIC RICE. The Philippine government will screen rice imports from China for cadmium content. AFP Photo

PH rice imports up as lean season approaches

May 06, 2013 - 1:02 PM

The imports were forced in part by the fact that rice inventories in the Philippines dropped to a 6 month low at the start of March

CRUCIAL CROP. The Philippines is one of the world's biggest rice importers. AFP Photo

PH buys 187,000 MT of rice from Vietnam

Apr 30, 2013 - 2:33 PM

The rice imports will be used to augment the country s buffer stock for the lean season

IMPORTED RICE. The Philippines continues to import rice from various parts of the globe. Photo by AFP

PH rice stocks drop to 6-month low

Apr 08, 2013 - 11:32 AM

The Agriculture Department says rice inventories as of March 1 2013 stood at 1 94 million metric tons the lowest since Sept 1 2012

The Philippines is one of the world's biggest rice importers. AFP Photo