Meat processors confer with DA to review border inspection rules

MEAT processing companies said they met with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to review the import inspection process and whether to adopt the international system for classifying regions where livestock diseases have broken out. In a statement, the Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI) said its representatives met with Senior Undersecretary Domingo F. Panganiban […]

Meat tariff hearing highlights diverging agri, meat industry interests

THE agriculture and meat industries set forth their arguments on tariffs for imported meat and edible offal, ending up in opposing camps on the level of protection needed by domestic growers. Nicanor M. Briones, Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines party-list representative, said during a virtual public hearing of the Tariff Commission (TC) on Wednesday […]

Tabada: ‘Butong’

Nothing different sets apart the husband’s “suki (preferred seller)” for coconut, the family’s shack surrounded by an oasis of dark green coconuts and browning husks beside the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. Ever since a Laguna pioneer returned home from working as a helper in the U.S. and used the plentiful coconut as substitute in making the […]

Central bank sees prices easing in Q4

By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The Philippine central bank expects consumer price increases to slow in the coming months as meat prices go down. Meat prices, which contributed to faster inflation in the past months, have eased, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno told a televised news briefing on […]

Inflation decelerates in June

POLICY interventions to stabilize commodity prices have begun to take effect as headline inflation decelerated in June 2021, said the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Tuesday, July 6, 2021, that headline inflation rate slowed down to 4.1 percent. This comes after three months of a steady 4.5 percent […]

With 3D printed ‘steaks,’ Spanish startup eyes the mass market

BARCELONA —  As demand for plant-based alternatives to meat rises, Barcelona-based startup Novameat is using its 3D printing technology to manufacture vegetarian “steaks” that it hopes will reach the mass market next year. Novameat plans to sell its “steaks” directly to consumers and to businesses such as restaurants interested in producing plant-based meat, business development […]