DA ‘working double time’ to lower prices of rice to P20 per kilo

Jean Mangaluz 10/28/2023

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) continues to work “double time” to achieve President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s P20 per kilo rice promise, according to an agency official on Friday. In a Palace statement, DA Assistant…

Use excess RCEF fund to aid rice farmers — Bongbong Marcos

Luisa Cabato 10/08/2023

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. ordered the Department of Agriculture (DA) to utilize the excess Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) fund to help farmers. Marcos issued the directive during his recent meeting with the…

No rice price hike expected until start of 2024 — DA

Angeline Marcelino 10/07/2023

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture sees no possible rice price hike until early 2024, its Assistant Secretary Arnel de Mesa said. According to de Mesa, there are no signs of an increase in rice prices…

Bongbong Marcos orders price caps for rice at P41 to P45 per kilo

Jean Mangaluz 09/01/2023

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has ordered price caps for rice amid soaring commodity prices. The price ceiling for regular milled rice is set at P41 per kilogram, while the cap for well-milled rice…

Bohol province retains ASF-free status

Doris C. Bongcac 08/23/2023

The Bohol provincial government had managed to retain its ASF-free status after it immediately contained the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) that was detected in backyard hog farms in Pilar town, the provincial government said.…

Bongbong Marcos: High farmgate costs, importation hiking rice price

Jean Mangaluz 08/18/2023

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the concurrent chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA), is attributing the high price of rice in the market to expensive farmgate costs and importation. In a statement released by…

‘Egay’ damage to farms balloons to P512.9 million

Jordeene B. Lagare 07/29/2023

Agriculture damage wrought by Typhoon “Egay” (international name: “Doksuri”) has ballooned to P512.9 million as of Friday, from only P62 million previously reported even as the typhoon already exited the Philippine area of responsibility, the Department of…

Rice prices surge as production costs rise

Jordeene B. Lagare 06/24/2023

Despite having enough rice supply, retail prices of the country’s staple food in Metro Manila have jacked up by about P2 per kilogram as farmers face increased production costs. In an interview, Agriculture Assistant Secretary Kristine Evangelista…

As rice crisis looms, ‘kamote’, other alternatives pushed

Kurt dela Peña 04/26/2023

MANILA, Philippines—Back in the first month of 2023, the Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture already stressed that there will be an expected shortage in rice this year, especially because of higher production…

TD Amang damage to agriculture reaches P50 million

Jordeene B. Lagare 04/16/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Amang continues to wreak havoc on the country’s farm sector with the estimated damage surging to P50.84 million. In its latest report, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said 1,569 farmers were affected as of…

ASF spreads to more areas in Cebu

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/30/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The African Swine Fever (ASF) has spread to more localities here, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) reports. The BAI, in its latest National Zoning and Movement…

ASF detected in 5 more areas in Cebu

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/20/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) has been detected in five more areas in Cebu, including the capital Cebu City. The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced…

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