A senior lawmaker said the welfare of consumers should be prioritized amid investigations into agricultural smuggling in the country, as he called on the national government to frame and implement an “agricultural import substitution policy.”
Agribusiness and Agriculture News in the Philippines
DAVAO CITY—A member of the Bangsamoro Parliament is seeking the establishment of a Bangsamoro Agriculture and Fisheries Training Institute to improve the productivity of region’s agri-fisheries sector.
Farmers in Africa will need as much as $65 billion in loans annually to produce enough food to curb imports and cushion their economies from external shocks.
Local meat producers and importers clashed over raising the tariff rates on pork offal during the Tariff Commission’s (TC) hearing on the country’s tariff structure on meat products.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) underlined the crucial importance of concrete measures to accelerate people’s access to healthy diets by transforming agrifood systems to be more resilient, efficient, sustainable and inclusive.
The Makabayan bloc has filed a resolution calling for the immediate suspension of the onion importation ordered by the Marcos administration, as this “will seriously affect the livelihood of the already marginalized local farmers.”
Onion rings and fries will be tight this year, according to Portillo’s Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Osanloo—another challenge for restaurant operators that are grappling with high food and labor costs.
Aboost in investment is essential to transform the world’s agrifood systems to become more resilient, efficient, sustainable and inclusive, while supporting countries’ access climate finance and ensuring that appropriate financial resources reach small and medium-scale food producers.
Davao City—A consortium of cooperatives is being organized at the Davao City Food Terminal Complex (DFTC) in Toril to ensure the steady flow of agriculture products assist farmers in securing a fair price for their produce.
Former officials and employees of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) called for an investigation into the “ongoing row” between the agency’s current chief and key officials.
THE Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has asked AirSWIFT Airlines Philippines to explain its flight cancellations on January 9, following the temporary closure of the Lio Airport in El Nido, Palawan due to its plane’s trouble.
Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva deplored the diminishing local salt industry even as the Philippines is known to have “the longest shorelines in the world that is conducive for salt production.”
The Philippines is mulling over importing as much as 450,000 metric tons (MT) of raw and refined sugar to further beef up its supply and temper retail prices.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced on Wednesday the distribution of electronic land titles (E-TITLES) and certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 100 agrarian reform beneficiaries from Lanao del Norte.
TO provide additional source of income to 25 Higaunon farmers and their families in Sitio Impahanong, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) realizes a citronella facility in the area.
The most severe power cuts ever experienced in South Africa are threatening food and water supplies and disrupting the lives of millions of people, including chicken farmers.
The Philippines’s pork imports could reach 600,000 metric tons (MT) this year mainly due to the extension of the validity of reduced tariff rates, an international agency said.
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) said over the weekend that it plans to commercialize a corn mill that seeks to improve local corn grit production and food security.
United Nations agencies are calling for urgent action to protect the most vulnerable children in the 15 countries hardest hit by an unprecedented food and nutrition crisis.
Cage-free mandates are adding another kink to egg supply chains tangled by successive outbreaks of avian flu, making it difficult for grocers to restock shelves.
DAVAO CITY—The agriculture ministry of the Bangsamoro government has identified two rice varieties that demonstrated good adaptability and yield to the soil and weather condition of Maguindanao after conducting tests last month.
For all the torrential rains soaking California, it’s not enough to end the drought that has dogged the state for years.
China is set to purchase $260 million worth of durian from the Philippines this year, a deal negotiated by Manila during its recent bilateral talks with Beijing, according to the agriculture department.
The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc. (AmCham) said the government should consider reducing food waste amid the spike in commodity prices.
The index of world food prices dipped for the ninth consecutive month in December 2022, declining by 1.9 percent from the previous month, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today.
A lawmaker is pressing for an all-out crackdown against big-time smugglers of agricultural products who are distorting market prices and hurting local farmers.
DESPITE calls by some quarters for President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to appoint a full-time agriculture secretary so he can focus on his position as the Chief Executive, a business leader insists that it is an advantage to have the President at the helm as it gives him a better position to analyze the challenges in agriculture.
The proposed importation of 22,000 metric tons (MT) of onions would discourage farmers from planting and even depress farmgate prices, a local industry group said on Sunday.
Whole Foods Markets are introducing poultry breeds to their merchandise lineup that meet new welfare standards amid growing concern about the treatment of animals.
Food inflation in United Kingdom stores jumped to a record high last month with retailers warning of another year of elevated prices.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently distributed a total of 300 sacks of vermicompost and 130 gallons of organic foliar fertilizer to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Sultan Kudarat.
Inadequate pollination has led to a 3 percent to 5 percent loss of fruit, vegetable, and nut production and an estimated 427,000 excess deaths annually from lost healthy food consumption and associated diseases, according to a study.
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pampi) appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to revoke an order issued by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) requiring importers to register containers.
The community of the world’s nations adopted a landmark framework to support global biodiversity last December 19, and the agreement contains significant contributions from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), committed to make sure that the needs and impacts of agrifood systems are given due consideration.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced that it has turned over P8.67 million worth of farm inputs, machinery, and equipment to 18 different agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) based in Pangasinan.
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization said it will focus on providing rice millers and other postharvest facilities to farmer-beneficiaries during the remaining years of the rice competitiveness enhancement fund (RCEF).
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is still contemplating the most efficient way of bringing in the additional sugar imports that will help temper local retail prices.
Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, is set to export less of the commodity overseas as it tightens a policy requiring companies to keep more supply at home. Prices jumped more than 2 percent.
The Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) recognized 14 cooperatives for their contribution in improving the quality of life of Filipinos, especially from the countryside.
A total of 118 officials and staff from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), representatives from local government units (LGUs), and agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) organizations recently completed a course on “Agro-enterprise Development (AED) Integrated Learning Session.”
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the importation of sugar via the minimum access volume (MAV) scheme may not make a dent in the domestic prices of the sweetener.
India’s move to restructure the world’s biggest food program is a fiscally prudent and a politically deft move, according to Nomura Holdings Inc.
Manila is negotiating a deal with Beijing for the construction of solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) to boost the Philippines’s farm productivity.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it has recently turned over a hauling vehicle to the Sumagosong Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SUMAFAR MPC) in Mulanay, Quezon.
Rapidly expanding cities in very dry parts of the world must be turned into “green urban oases” to ensure they become both healthier places to live in and more resilient to climate change, according to a report.
Winter wheat climbed higher for a fourth straight day as a deep freeze across the United States grain belt escalates concern about shrinking crops.
President Marcos Jr. has ordered the Department of Agriculture (DA) to fast-track the importation of 64,050 metric tons (MT) of refined sugar through the minimum access volume (MAV) mechanism to further “stabilize” sugar prices that have remained elevated.
TO help farmers achieve scale and capture more of the value-added from their produce, a lawmaker is pushing for the passage of the proposed Farmer Coopetition Act.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced on Wednesday the turnover of hauling trucks to two agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) based in Malungon, Sarangani.
Thailand, the world’s biggest rice exporter after India, is on track to ship the highest volume in four years as importing countries boost purchases to replenish stockpiles and keep a lid on food inflation.
Unhappy and longing for his family while working away at sea, Allan A. Ayco decided to disembark from the boat and his former life as a seafarer, returning to his home in Dumingag to make a living cultivating his farmland.
The Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Inc. (PCAFI) is urging lawmakers to invest a portion of the Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) in projects that would improve agricultural productivity, such as the construction of postharvest facilities and warehouses.
Indonesia’s mandate to use more palm oil for producing biofuels and lower reserves in Malaysia will continue to support the tropical oil in the coming months, according to veteran trader Dorab Mistry.
Policymakers, researchers, analysts and anyone interested in the past, present and future paths of food and agriculture now have an updated all-in-one tool to peruse the major factors at play in the agrifood systems of the world.
Manila has suspended the issuance of import clearances to institutional buyers, processors and canners for certain frozen fish products as the government tightens its regulations on fish imports.
The country’s meat imports in January to November surged to a new record high of 1.25 million metric tons (MMT), surpassing the volume recorded in 2021, due to more pork purchases, the latest government data showed.
Meat consumption in Brazil, the world’s biggest beef and chicken exporter, fell sharply this year as rising food prices curbs demand. What’s most curious: more than 90 percent of Brazilians say they don’t want to return to their past meat-eating habits.
After nine months of war in Ukraine, rural households are increasingly affected by the conflict with many forced to scale down or abandon agricultural activities, according to a new survey released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Manila is urging Brasilia to reduce the hefty tariff it slaps on local coconut products to boost the Philippines’s “competitiveness” in the Brazilian market.
Coffee farmers in Vietnam, the world’s biggest grower of the robusta variety, collected about 40 percent of the 2022-23 crop as of early December amid concerns about bean quality due to prolonged rains, according to Nguyen Nam Hai, head of the nation’s coffee association.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) marked International Mountain Day 2022 last December 9 with a high-level event at its headquarters in Rome, a series of celebrations around the world and a new study that sheds light on the issue of gender equality in mountains.
A lawmaker has called on Congress to commence the second phase of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), giving subsidy in the acquisition and distribution of agricultural lands to beneficiaries and to appropriate funds for it.
Davao City—The bamboo industry in Davao del Norte got a boost recently after its governor ordered the formulation of a plan that will entice investors to go into the cultivation of the forest product.
AS the global agrifood systems face challenges to feed an ever-growing global population, resilient cereals like millets provide an affordable and nutritious option, and efforts need to be scaled up to promote their cultivation.
SL Agritech Corp., together with the Department of Agriculture (DA), hosted a study tour for the delegates from the Gambia Standards Bureau, through the Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Philippines Standards.
A chronic shortage of plantation workers in Malaysia may cost palm oil producers about 20 billion ringgit ($4.6 billion) this year, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Association, curbing supply and potentially boosting global prices.
The country’s abaca output in January to October declined by an annualized rate of 5.3 percent, as typhoons hampered farmers’ efforts to harvest the crop.
The private sector has urged the government to grant tax incentives to miners who will invest in large-scale bamboo plantations as these projects will help boost watershed conservation, reduce the risk of natural disasters and generate as much as $3 billion in long-term revenue.
The world’s ability to nourish its burgeoning population is under threat and without broader socioeconomic and environmental change, sustainable agrifood systems will be impossible to achieve, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
A lawmaker is pushing for the immediate passage of a bill institutionalizing the Kadiwa as the government arm that will buy directly from agricultural workers.
Agriculture stakeholders and farmers groups on Wednesday urged President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to stand firm on his commitment to shield farmers and fishers from cheap imports.
The worsening spread of Covid in China could upend food and energy markets this winter by cutting demand at a time when consumption typically rises.
A study, which identified “knowledge hotspots” in Indonesia and the Philippines, ranked the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) as the third most prolific rice research-producing institution in the two countries.
Producers would need at least 35 percent of additional freshwater resources to meet the growing demand for food, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
The Philippines has imposed a temporary ban on poultry imports from California, Hungary and Japan due to outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
IN Britain, the humble egg has fallen victim to an array of disruptions that’s led to empty shelves in some stores.
Davao City—Seven farmers from this city will complete the final cast that would represent the region in the national cacao competition, according to the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The Philippines is one of the most typhoon-prone countries in the world, dealing with an average of 20 occurrences per year. According to the Philippine Climate Change and Food Security Analysis (CCFSA) study commissioned by the World Food Programme, typhoons and other extreme weather events have cost the country approximately Php 290 million in agricultural damages in the last decade. The recent typhoon Paeng alone caused Php 3.16 billion in damages to the sector.
Bayer Philippines Inc. (Bayer) hopes that the national government’s regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will remain “progressive” to ensure the timely release of new seed technologies that could bolster the country’s food security.
Davao City—The tribal town of Talaingod in Davao del Norte is banking on its unique coffee product, which the national and municipal governments would promote and market, to attract more tourists to the area.
Davao City—A demonstration farm for vegetable production in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte may persuade growers to tap it and the surrounding areas for vegetable production.
Flooding in eastern Australia is hurting the quality of the wheat harvest in one of the world’s biggest exporters, worsening a global shortage of the high-grade variety used to make bread and ramen noodles.
The municipality of Caluya in Antique was awarded as the National Grand Winner in the recently concluded sixth edition of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (DA-BFAR) Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK).
The country’s rice inventory as of September 1 reached 1.45 million metric tons (MMT), 8.9 percent higher than last year’s 1.332 MMT, the latest government data showed.
ON November 14 in Sharm El-Sheikh, representatives from nine countries sat down to dinner. It was the start of the second week of COP27, but this was no panel discussion or debate over loss and damage. The dinner, hosted by the government of Singapore alongside alternative-protein advocates, was instead a celebration of the main dish: cultivated chicken, or meat grown from animal cells in a bioreactor.
The Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform was launched last November 18 to ensure the growing threats and impacts of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are addressed globally.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will spend around P6.1 billion for the implementation of a project that seeks to the subdivision of collective certificates of land ownership award (CCLOAs) and eventually issue individual land titles to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said the government is now closer to achieving his commitment of bringing down the price of rice to P20 per kilo.
The Philippines’s milk production this year could rise by a fifth on an annual basis to a record high of over 30 million liters driven by higher productivity and expanding domestic dairy herd.
A recent fizzle in the hype surrounding plant protein consumption will give way to a more sustainable growth trajectory that could see the segment account for 30 percent or 40 percent of the global protein market, according to a top Nestlé SA executive.
World economies must improve access by countries, particularly developing nations, to fertilizers to mitigate a possible global food crisis, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN) said.
Alaska Milk Corp. (AMC) on Wednesday launched its training center which aims to boost the quantity and quality of local milk output through knowledge sharing and exchange programs.
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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is looking for more idle government-owned lands (GOLs) for distribution to landless farmers as mandated by Executive Order No. 75, series of 2019.
The Philippines’s pork imports is expected to rise by nearly 20 percent this year as animal diseases, such as African swine fever, continue to threaten domestic hog population, according to the latest report from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
AN area the size of Switzerland, made of protected trees.
AS food insecurity and global warming rise, governments, international development partners and industry should invest in sustainable food cold chains to decrease hunger, provide livelihoods to communities, and adapt to climate change, the United Nations said.
TO help farmers transport their products and boost their income, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it has recently turned over delivery trucks worth P570,000 to 2 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Nueva Vizcaya.
Following the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will distribute additional fertilizer assistance next month to support rice farmers nationwide.