Gwen: No ‘ayuda’ despite state of calamity in entire province

Pia Piquero 05/18/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia does not intend to give ‘ayuda’ or dole outs despite declaring a state of calamity in the entire province on Friday, May 17. The governor placed the entire province…

PH still the world’s top rice importer

Jordeene B. Lagare 05/13/2024

The Philippines is likely to remain the world’s top rice importer, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year, rice imports are projected to rise to 4.1 million metric tons, a 5.1 percent increase from…

Biz groups to gov’t: Biotech crops feed more people

Alden Monzon 05/06/2024

Five big business groups have asked the government to focus on helping biotech crops, especially since a recent court ruling stopped the selling of genetically modified rice and eggplant. “Biotechnology in food and agriculture has played a…

El Niño causes P4 billion agriculture losses

Jean Mangaluz 04/25/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The El Niño weather pattern has led to around P4 billion in losses for agriculture, a government official announced on Wednesday. Joey Villarama, a spokesperson for the El Niño Task Force, stated that this…

Marcos to DA: Relax rules on farm imports to bring down prices 

Melvin Gascon 04/22/2024

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. instructed the Department of Agriculture to ease rules and remove nontariff barriers on importing farm products to increase local supply and lower prices of items like rice and pork. The President’s…

Rama orders probe of Baclayon days after defending CAD chief

Pia Piquero 04/20/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has shifted gears and now wants to investigate the allegations against CAD chief Joelito Baclayon. The Mayor has ordered the city’s fact-finding team to probe the accusations made…

Impact of extreme heat: soaring prices as vegetable supply drops, vendors fear for livelihood

Emmariel Ares 04/18/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Lera Daral is a regular shopper at Carbon Public Market in Cebu City. Every week, she joins countless others in buying groceries, especially vegetables. The market, known as the oldest and largest in…

Agriculture losses P1.75B due to El Niño

Jean Mangaluz 03/20/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The El Niño phenomenon has cause P1.75 billion worth of damage to the agriculture sector, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Joey Villarama said on Wednesday. Villarama, who serves as the spokesperson for the…

PH to boost farming with space technology

Jordeene B. Lagare 02/26/2024

MANILA, Philippines —The Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (BAFE) and the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) are using space technology to enhance farming and transportation efficiency. In an agreement they signed, the two agencies agreed to use…

Danao farmers, fishers get P2M livelihood aid

Niña Mae C. Oliverio 02/25/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two local associations in Danao City received P2 million worth of livelihood projects on Friday, Feb. 23. The turnover was led by the local government of Danao and the Department of Labor and…

Marcos targets to boost agricultural growth amid easing inflation 

Nestor Corrales 01/06/2024

President Bongbong Marcos Jr. has pledged to enhance agricultural and food production as the country’s inflation dropped to 3.9 percent in December 2023. He expressed satisfaction with the Philippine Statistics Authority’s report, noting the decrease from 4.1…

Tariff cuts on imported rice, other food items extended by President Marcos 

12/26/2023

MANILA, Philippines—President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has approved the extension of reduced tariffs on rice and other food items until the end of 2024 to keep prices stable amid a threat of dry weather in the coming months,…

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