TGRI slowed to 7.4 percent  in April-to-June period–PSA

The robust performance of the real estate, finance, transportation and communication sectors boosted the country’s total gross revenue index (TGRI) in the second quarter,...

Dairy imports seen declining by 10%

Philippine dairy imports this year may decline by almost 10 percent to 2.5 million metric tons liquid milk equivalent (MMT-LME), from a record-high of...

PHL seeks international support for protection of 5 wildlife species

The 12th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will kick...

The needed shift in perspective

The world will need between 40 percent and 50 pecent more water, energy and food by 2030. I found this statement in Shell’s “New...

‘Special’ chicken imports not needed, Piñol says

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is not keen on authorizing any special importation of chicken, as local output remains ample to meet the expected...

PHL ships 56,092 MT of sugar to United States

The Philippines has exported an additional 56,092.25 metric tons (MT) of sugar to the United States at lower tariff rates under a preferential trading...

There’s so much pain in agriculture that traders are leaving

The success of modern farmers has become the misery of traders at the world’s biggest agriculture merchants. Profits are shrinking as years of bumper harvests...

‘Pesticide-free eggplants to benefit farmers, consumers’

Producing pesticide-free eggplants in the Philippines is now possible, according to field-trial reports released for the first time by the Institute of Plant Breeding-University...

DA wants perks for firms buying local produce

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will ask Congress to enact a measure mandating the grant of incentives to businesses that would source agricultural products...

Rice output likely grew 13.9 percent in Q3–PSA

Philippine palay production in the third quarter likely rose by 13.9 percent to 3.38 million metric tons (MMT), from last year’s 2.97 MMT, according...

Agri journ contest on, special award for ‘water sustainability’ story

The Philippine Agricultural Journalists Inc. (PAJ), the country’s second oldest professional media organization in the country, and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) have once more...

DA bares criteria for choosing PRDP projects

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will use a “prioritization scheme” for pipelined infrastructure projects under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), which will get...

NMIS to roll out electronic payment system in January

The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) will do away with the manual collection of fees for its services next year and replace it with...

Pork output seen growing by 3.15% in 2018

Philippine pork production next year could reach 1.635 million metric tons (MMT), 3.15 percent higher than the projected output of 1.585 MMT for this...

Buy exotic meat only from licensed traders–DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called on consumers to buy meat only from licensed dealers, who are allowed under the law...

Rice imports in 2018 to hit 1.7 MMT–USDA

Philippine rice imports next year could increase by more than half to 1.7 million metric tons (MMT), from the 1.1 MMT projected for 2017,...

International conference to boost protection of migratory animals–DENR

Over 900 delegates from over 120 countries will arrive in the Philippines starting this week for the 12th Session of the Conference of the...

The war on poverty 2

I ended my column on “The War on Poverty” last week with the following messages: “We need to deliver support services to farmers and fishermen,...

Farm-gate price of palay still above P19/kg–PSA

The average farm-gate price of unmilled rice rose by nearly 5 percent to P19.33 per kilogram in the fourth week of September, from P18.45...

Ohio hands out fines over fish kills caused by farm manure

TOLEDO, Ohio—The operators of three agriculture businesses have been told to pay more than $30,000 for three large fish kills that Ohio’s natural resources...