Amendments to food-safety law sought

The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is urging Congress to amend Republic Act (RA) 10611 to revert the regulation of prepackaged food and processed-meat...

NFA’s rice-procurement program gets P7-B budget

A member of the House Committee on Appropriations said last Sunday the national government has allocated P7 billion to enable the National Food Authority...

Agribusiness

During the Arangkada Forum on September 14, there was much focus on sectors with substantial growth potential—including agriculture, creative industries, information and communications technology,...

Government to hike tobacco floor prices

The National Tobacco Administration (NTA) will increase by P1 to P3 the floor prices of tobacco for trading years 2018-2019, after farmers and the...

Switzerland is about to ensure it never goes hungry again

They’re going to the polls on Sunday to decide on a constitutional amendment to guarantee food supply. Launched by the Swiss farmer’s association, the...

DA targeting to raise rice yield, cut production cost

Increasing the national average palay yield and reducing production cost will help Filipino farmers survive the competition in the Asean rice market, according to...

DTI, Ucap visit US to promote PHL coco-based products

A group of coconut exporters, together with key officials from the United Coconut Association of the Philippines (Ucap), Virgin Coconut Oil Philippines (VCOP), the...

Rice production seen hitting 3.36 MMT in Q3

Despite the projected reduction in palay harvest area and yield, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said paddy-rice output in the July-to-September period would still...

PHL, US eye joint research on marine turtles

A host to five marine turtles, particularly green marines, the Philippines is planning to conduct a joint research with the United States on marine...

Solon wants Pinoys to stop wasting food

A leader of the House of Representatives is pushing for the passage of a measure that seeks to reduce food waste by requiring businesses...

The world’s best caviar doesn’t come from Russia anymore

Mention China alongside almost any food product, and people get nervous. After international incidents involving bleach-soaked meat, antifreeze-laced apple juice and pine nuts “unfit...

BFAR awaits DBM nod for set up of special account

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) is awaiting the approval of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the creation of...

PHL eyes Japan ODA for farm mechanization

The Philippines is keen on tapping overseas development assistance (ODA) from Japan to finance a program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which aims...

Any lice with that salmon? Parasite plagues global industry

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick—Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. A surge of parasitic sea lice is...

5-year development plan for North Luzon’s agribusiness, industry

Northern Luzon is expected to continue its rapid growth in the near term, with the government outlining a five-year action plan to ensure the...

Ifad project to help Asean farmers boost exports

A $2.5-million project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) will look at ways to enable small farmers from the Philippines and...

PHL to import cattle from Brazil in 2018

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allocated P1 billion for the importation of cattle from Brazil next year to boost Philippine dairy production, according...

DA sends 12 MT of chicken to soldiers in Marawi

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has shipped nearly 12 metric tons (MT) of dressed chicken to soldiers and policemen who are currently fighting terrorists...

Responsible Farming III: Antibiotics in food

I make reference again to my recent columns regarding the excessive use of antibiotics in animal husbandry, poultry farming and aquaculture in the Philippines...

DA blacklists more garlic importers

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily disallowed 55 more traders from importing garlic while the Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting an investigation into...