Nestlé concerned about RCEP impact on bulk of coffee growers

NESTLÉ Philippines said the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) may not be beneficial to the entire coffee industry, after specialty growers said the trade agreement could be an opportunity for the part of the sector than can successfully market its beans with distinctive geographical indications (GIs). “We believe that overall, RCEP will boost free trade […]

P2.6M worth of onions sold directly to consumers and institutions — DA

ONION farmers were able to directly sell about P2.589 million worth of their harvests to consumers and institutional buyers through with assistance from government, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday. In a statement, the DA said farmer cooperatives and associations were able to market 3,478 kilograms of red onions worth P755,455 and 5,106.38 […]

Local onion farmers can meet demand with adequate gov’t support

THE SENATE minority leader slammed government “decision makers” for pursuing policies in the agriculture industry that choke onion farmers, who can readily meet the country’s demand given ample support.    “Our onion farmers have never been tested because they have never been fully supported in maximizing their output potential,” Senate Minority Floor Leader Aquilino Martin “Koko” […]

Pork supply exceeds demand, Senate panel finds, casting doubt on gov’t import policy

By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, Reporter THE Senate Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform Committee was told that the supply of pork exceeded demand in each of the years since 2019, raising questions about the government’s pork import policy. Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who chairs the committee hearing, on Monday cited data indicating a pork surplus […]

Senate bill proposes agriculture database focused on improving market intelligence

A SENATE BILL is seeking to consolidate and integrate all agricultural databases to improve market intelligence on where produce is in demand, thereby strengthening the farm-to-consumer value chain, including to global markets. “The government needs to provide the infrastructure and the mechanism that would enable our farmers to sell their output where there is demand,” […]

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 […]