Piñol wants NFA to procure other farm goods

The chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is requesting President Duterte to issue an executive order (EO) that would restore the powers of...

Asean summit done—and now?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit and the bilateral talks with cooperating nations, from Japan to Australia, from the European Union (EU) to...

Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning

A coalition of a dozen national and Midwestern agricultural groups sued on Wednesday to overturn a California decision that could force the popular weed-killer...

October rice inventory down 15.34%–PSA

The country’s rice inventory as of October 1 declined by 15.34 percent to 1.935 million metric tons (MMT), from 2.286 MMT a year ago,...

Asean slams EU again for palm-oil import curbs

Member-states of the  Association of Southeast Asian Nations criticized the European Union (EU)  for imposing restrictions on palm-oil imports, which could cripple the palm-oil...

Output of tomato, cassava up in Q3

Favorable planting conditions allowed vegetable farmers, such as those planting tomato and cassava, to increase their production in the third quarter by as much...

Chicken inventory drops by 24.37%

The country’s dressed-chicken inventory declined for the fifth consecutive week as demand for poultry continues to improve after the government declared that it was...

Craft chocolates revive interest in local cacao

I recently included artisanal dark chocolate in my grocery list —the same list which includes, among others, roasted coffee beans, coconut sugar and whole...

Biotech crops reduce use of pesticides–experts

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that up to 35 percent of the losses in the annual crop...

DAR wants to revitalize garlic, onion industry in Ilocos region

Garlic and onion farmers in Ilocos region will soon be getting the much-needed boost to reduce the country’s dependence on imported garlic and onion...

Cassava output to exceed 2.8 MMT–report

Philippine cassava production this year could expand by 2.54 percent to 2.825 million metric tons (MMT), from last year’s 2.755 MMT, according to the...

National Biotechnology Week kicks off on November 20

National Biotechnology Week (NBW) will kicks off on November 20, at the Expo Hall 1 fourth floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon City. Themed “Bioteknolohiya para...

Farm-gate price of rice continues to decline

The average farm-gate price of unmilled rice fell for the seventh consecutive week in October, settling at P18.55 per kilogram (kg), according to the...

Ogsai organic demo farm certified as training site

CABARROGUIS, Quirino—The OceanaGold Sustainable Agroforestry Inc.’s (Ogsai) 4.5-hectare central nursery and organic demonstration farm located uphill in Barangay Tucod here has recently been certified...

From agriculture to the food and beverage sector

In last week’s column I highlighted the importance of agri-food supply and value chains. Today I would like to emphasize the importance of those...

DA to review proposed meat-inspection fee hike

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will set up a technical working group (TWG) that will scrutinize the proposal of the National Meat Inspection Service...

PHL on track to regaining bird flu-free status by year-end

The Philippines may regain its bird flu-free status before the end of the year, as the government would soon be able to complete the...

California approves rescue plan for shrinking Salton Sea

SAN DIEGO—California regulators on Tuesday approved a plan to spend nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state’s largest...

Government keen on forging agri trade deal with Papua New Guinea

The government is planning to hammer out an agricultural trade agreement with Papua New Guinea that would involve a possible compromise on tuna processing,...

PHL may import US dairy goats in 2019

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to import some 8,000 dairy goats from the United States in 2019 in line with its goal...