Solon bats for P521-M additional budget to improve agri sector database system 

A LAWMAKER on Tuesday asked the House Committee on Appropriations to provide an additional P521 million to the Department of Agriculture’s 2023 budget for the upgrade of its database management system for a more efficient delivery of aid and services to farmers and fisherfolk.   “It is crucial that farmers and fisherfolk to register to the […]

Farm damage from typhoon estimated at P2.02 billion

AGRICULTURAL damage caused by Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) has hit P2.02 billion, the Department of Agriculture said. The storm damaged an estimated 150,693 hectares of farmland and affected over 91,944 farmers and fisherfolk, resulting in lost production of 117,663 metric tons. Damage and losses were reported in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos, the Cagayan […]

House bill filed mandating gov’t to buy local farmers’ produce for relief, feeding programs 

A BILL has been filed in the House of Representatives mandating the government to purchase produce from local farmers for calamity relief operations and school feeding programs.  House Bill 3382 seeks to ensure that national agencies and local governments prioritize available local supply when sourcing food requirements for social services.    “It is only fitting to […]

Funding for onion farmers at P100 million

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has earmarked more than P100 million to help onion farmers acquire inputs and production facilities. Funding levels for the industry in 2022 so far include P47.48 million for seed, seedlings and fertilizer, P35.67 million for production and post-harvest facilities, irrigation network services, and farm production machinery and equipment, […]

Fertilizer being tailored to rice-growing locations

THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it is developing location-specific fertilizer for rice farmers to make their operations more cost-effective at a time of high input costs. “Farmers’ resources have now become more limited because of high fertilizer costs. Meanwhile, current practices show that if farmers continue to apply fertilizers that are not appropriate […]

Oct. set as arrival target for fresh fertilizer shipments

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said fertilizer from overseas suppliers to ease price pressures on farmers must arrive by the next planting season in October. “We are continuing to research and source cheaper fertilizer, which is very important for our farmers right now,” Undersecretary-designate for Consumer and Political Affairs and DA spokesperson Kristine Y. Evangelista […]

SeedWorks renews partnership with Tarlac farmers’ coop for hybrid rice

SEEDWORKS Philippines, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it is renewing its partnership with Tarlac’s Caut Farmers Field School (FFS) Marketing Cooperative for the purchase, milling, and marketing of US 88 hybrid rice. The agricultural research firm said the FFS, a marketing cooperative registered under the Cooperative Development Authority, will help link US 88 rice farmers […]

British farmers investing less, switching crops as soaring fertilizer costs upend business plans

LONDON — Stung by soaring fertilizer costs, many British farmers are cutting investment and making major changes to their crop plans, including by producing less wheat used in bread, a survey showed on Thursday. One third of farmers have changed their crop plans in the past four months, with 90% of them blaming fertilizer costs, […]

Brawijaya Student Start-up makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Apr 4, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via – An agricultural start-up initiated by three students from Malang’s Brawijaya University whose app, Chickin, has been downloaded by a thousand farmers across Indonesia, has made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. According to the founders, the application uses Internet of Things (IoT) […]