DA to hasten release of loans to farmers

DAVAO CITY—The Department of Agriculture (DA) is creating teams that would help process loan applications and speed up the release of loans to farmers...

Bulacan food maker inks supply deal with Mindanao tribes

TRIBAL communities in Soccsksargen planting ube and camote have forged a marketing agreement with a Bulacan-based organic food manufacturer that would allow them to earn...

Govt gives Soccsksargen farmers P168-million agri equipment

MORE than 500 farmers from Soccsksargen received farm machines and postharvest facilities worth P168 million from the Department of Agriculture (DA) as part of the...

Over 100 arrested in immigration raid at Ohio meatpacking plant

TOLEDO, Ohio—More than 100 workers were arrested at an Ohio meat packing plant by federal agents following a yearlong immigration investigation, the second large...

Rice output seen declining in Q2

The country’s unmilled rice output may drop by 1.8 percent to 4.07 million metric tons in the second quarter, from last year’s 4.15 MMT,...

‘Govt plan to set SRP for agri goods a double-edged sword’

The government’s plan to set a suggested retail price (SRP) for various farm goods drew mixed reactions from consumers and vendors who regarded the...

PHL rice inventory hits 6-month high

The country’s rice inventory as of May 1 rose to the highest level in six months, after the harvest of local paddy kicked into...

SM Foundation’s program plants the seeds of farming

With children of farmers now choosing to work in factories, business-process outsourcing (BPO) firms, offices, abroad or even putting up their microenterprises to earn...

Cacao growers seen benefiting from stringent EU limits for cadmium

Philippine cacao growers are expected to gain from a European Union (EU) law that limited the maximum levels of cadmium in cocoa-based products, according...

No talks yet on return of PHL bananas to Australia–Gorely

Nearly five months after expressing its willingness to help local planters ship bananas to Australia, Canberra said on Thursday that Manila has yet to...

PHL may regain bird flu-free status soon

Manila will formally ask the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to declare the Philippines as bird flu-free next week, almost a year after...

Government reopens animal disease laboratory in General Santos City

DAVAO CITY—The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has reopened a state-owned animal disease laboratory to prevent an outbreak of livestock diseases in Region...

How to slow an invasive species? Turn it into gourmet food

PORTLAND, Maine—If we eat them, will they go away? Unfortunately for foes of the green crabs that plague New England shellfish, the answer is probably...

Congress keen on weather-based crop insurance

Congress is targeting to enact into law a measure that would provide farmers with free index-based crop insurance before the end of the year,...

PLDT unit creates platform to help farmers access financing, markets

FINTQnologies Corp. (Fintq) said over the weekend it is keen on rolling out within the year an online platform that seeks to allow farmers...

Rollout of rice-corn blend in supermarkets hits snag

The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the unveiling of rice-corn blend products in local supermarkets and stores has been delayed as it could not...

Conservation groups’ pact will help save Atlantic salmon

PORTLAND, Maine—Two conservation groups said on Tuesday that a deal has been struck with commercial fishermen in Greenland and the Faroe Islands that will...

House leader seeks to revitalize mango industry

The decline in mango production in the first quarter has prompted a lawmaker to push for the crafting of policies that would revive the...

Millers’ group expects huge drop in raw-sugar output

THE country’s raw-sugar output in the current crop year (CY) 2017-2018 may decline by 16 percent to sink to a 7-year low of 2.1...

Except for mango, fruits robust in Q1

The country’s mango output in the first quarter declined by 9.39 percent to 97,700 metric tons,  from 107,830 MT recorded output in the same...