Farm-gate prices up nearly 5% in 2017

Prices received by farmers for their produce rose by almost 5 percent in 2017, as traders were forced to pay more for some crops...

Farmers risk lashes as 4-year civil war decimates South Sudan’s breadbasket

Each time Patrick Okello goes to tend his crops, he has to tell the soldiers or face 50 lashes with a whip when he...

Livestock output hit 5.09 MMT in 2017

Livestock production expanded by 2.7 percent to 5.09 million metric tons (MMT) in 2017, from the previous year’s 4.95 MMT, on the back of...

Local poultry market more attractive for Cargill–official

Cargill Philippines Inc. (Cargill) said on Thursday it would rather focus on the domestic poultry sector than ship chicken overseas as the Philippine market...

PHL chicken supply down 30 percent

THE country’s dressed-chicken inventory at the start of the year declined by nearly 30 percent to 16,989.06 metric tons (MT), from 24,238.49 MT recorded a...

No need to revise CARP law, Pids says

REVISING the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) law is unnecessary to achieve true land reform in the Philippines, according to the Philippine Institute for Development...

Milk imports in January-September declined by 2.25%

THE country’s purchases of imported milk in January to September fell by 2.25 percent as the recovery of global prices made dairy products from abroad...

Who’s afraid of genetically modified chickens?

DEALING with controversies can be stressful and migraine inducing. Still, I welcome heated discussions over certain topics if only because it will give light and...

Cod catch at all-time low, but rebound could be near

PORTLAND, Maine—America’s catch of cod is at an all-time low, but the fishery might finally experience a rebound in the coming fishing year. Atlantic cod...

2 million farmers to get free crop insurance

The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) will extend P65.1 billion worth of free crop insurance coverage to more than 2 million farmers and fishermen...

Government disperses ‘bangus,’ carp fingerlings in Lake Mainit

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) has dispersed 60,000 bangus and 70,000 carp fingerlings in Lake Mainit in Surigao del Norte under...

Milled-rice output seen hitting 12 MMT

Philippine milled-rice production could reach a record high of nearly 12 million metric tons (MMT) this year, as the continued implementation of the quantitative...

‘Compliance with standards key to gaining access to agribusiness global value...

Agricultural producers need to comply with a strict set of standards and upgrade in various ways to gain access to global value chains. A policy...

Farms to boost tourist arrivals–DOT

Aside from the country’s pristine beaches, farms, where high-value crops (HVCs) are grown, are also expected to draw tourists to the Philippines this year,...

Australia ready to help PHL banana exporters

Canberra is willing to assist banana exporters comply with its animal health and plant regulations so they can again access the Australian market, which...

DA to spend P500 million for expansion of rice-corn blend project

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will shell out at least P500 million next year to sustain the rice-corn (RiCo) blend project, which seeks to...

Be wary of fake rice-import permits, NFA tells traders

The National Food Authority (NFA) on Wednesday revealed that three fake import permits for the 2017 minimum access volume (MAV) private-sector rice import scheme...

Weather-weather lang ’yan: How nanoparticles can boost food supply despite climate...

In one of my previous columns (https://businessmirror.com.ph/old-and-new-technologies-support-climate-smart-agriculture), I discussed how old and new technologies are promoting climate-smart agriculture (CSA). This farming system, which is...

Piñol sees slower growth for H1 farm output

By Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas @jearcalas Farm output in the first half would grow slower at 4 percent, from 5.71 percent last year, due to...

Israeli company says it has produced tiniest cherry tomato

MOSHAV IDAN, Israel—They say bigger is better, but in the succulent world of cherry tomatoes, one Israeli company is going smaller than ever before. The...