PHL sugar output down 11.3%

Philippine raw-sugar output in the current crop year (CY) has reached 1.584 million metric tons (MMT) as of April 1, 11.3 percent lower than...

DA to scrap ‘corruption prone’ farm subsidies program

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will establish an “accessible” financing scheme for farmers and fishermen instead of giving them subsidies to curtail corruption and...

DAR turns over postharvest facilities to corn farmers

Farmers belonging to five different organizations in the town of Libungan, North Cotabato province have received corn postharvest facilities worth P1.59 million, the Department...

Imports boost PHL frozen-pork inventory in March–report

The country’s frozen-pork inventory as of March 26 expanded by 88.78 percent to 23,852.88 metric tons (MT), from 12,634.95 MT recorded in the same...

Palm oil battling image problem, seeks to tap green-energy demand

Japanese scientists are encouraging Southeast Asia’s palm-oil producers to chop down trees to help save forests. Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (Jircas) and...

Sugar demand to remain flat due to TRAIN

Philippine raw sugar output would post flat growth in marketing year (MY) 2018-2019, as demand for the sweetener would remain unchanged following the implementation...

1,065 farmers from Kalinga, Eastern Samar receive CLOAs

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced the distribution of certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to a total of 1,065 farmers in the...

DTI vows to make PHL coffee sector competitive

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) vowed to prioritize coffee producers in the government’s assistance for small businesses to accelerate their production in...

Government interventions mitigated ill effects of climate change on agriculture, poverty–study

The national government’s interventions prevented extreme weather phenomena, such as El Niño and La Niña, from contributing significantly to food inflation and poverty increase,...

PSA: Palay output in first quarter seen hitting 4.6 million...

By Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas @jearcalas Despite the projected reduction in palay harvest area and yield, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said paddy-rice output in...

‘PHL has ample sugar’

The Philippines will not import sugar as the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said on Thursday that local production for crop year (CY) 2017-2018, which...

What satellites can’t see: US crop forecasters walk and learn

For decades, government satellites have been taking detailed photographs of crops around the world that are now being tapped by traders like Cargill Inc....

Marcventures, Go Negosyo unveil Agri Model Farm in Marawi

Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. (MMDC) has partnered with the Philippine Council for Entrepreneurship (PCE)-Go Negosyo to implement an agriculture-based sustainable livelihood program that...

Rice inventory down by 22%

The country’s total rice inventory as of March 1 sank to a six-month low of 1.697 million metric tons (MMT) due to the depletion...

Roxas Holdings confident of hitting income target despite cut in output

LISTED sugar refiner Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) said its output for fiscal year (FY) 2017-2018 could decline by as much as 10 percent, but...

Duterte OKs replenishment of NFA rice stockpile, abolishes NFAC

President Duterte has approved the National Food Authority's (NFA) 500,000-metric ton (MT) rice importation to revitalize its nearly-depleted stockpile, sources told the BusinessMirror. Sources privy...

NFA may miss palay-procurement goal

THE National Food Authority (NFA) vowed to step up its purchases of unmilled rice, but an official from the agency said it would be a...

Council scrambles to beef up rice stock of food agency

The National Food Authority Council (NFAC) vowed to prevent the total wipeout of the rice stockpile of the National Food Authority (NFA), which plunged...

Agri firms may lose forest-management deals with DENR

More than half of agricultural companies with Integrated Forestry Management Agreements (Ifmas) have failed to establish tree plantations and may eventually lose rights over...

Living the sustainable life in an ecovillage

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—I got wind of the ideal of living in an ecovillage after one of my interviewees, Sarah Queblatin, told me that she...