Senate agri panel chair tells DA: Set sights on self-sufficiency, not importation 

SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar on Wednesday called out the Department of Agriculture (DA) for its continuing reliance on importation instead of focusing on building up self-sufficiency through programs that will help farmers improve their yield.    In a hearing on Senate Bill 120 or the Corn Industry Development bill, the chair of the agriculture and food […]

Corn industry seeks gov’t support for mechanization, infrastructure

THE corn industry is seeking government intervention in the form of support for mechanization, which it said is necessary if corn farmers are to meet their production targets, and also called for a “clear signal” on corn import policy. The Philippine Maize Federation, Inc. (PhilMaize) said in a statement: “Foremost is for President Ferdinand R. […]

Typhoon Karding agricultural damage assessment continues to rise, now at P3.12B

DAMAGE to the agricultural sector due to Super Typhoon Karding, with international name Noru, has risen to P3.12 billion as of Monday, according to the latest bulletin by the Department of Agriculture (DA).   The volume of production loss was estimated at 158,117 metric tons (MT) with 170,762 hectares of farm lands and 108,594 farmers and […]

Maize association says lower corn tariffs to kill off domestic industry

THE PROPOSED lowering of the tariff on yellow corn imports will be detrimental to both producers and consumers by ultimately increasing import dependency, because such a measure would force many domestic producers out, the corn industry said. Roger V. Navarro, president of the Philippine Maize Federation, Inc., said domestic producers will be “slaughtered” by the […]