News from Philippines

23-01-2014 02:50 AM
Cold weather takes toll on Cebu crops, livestock
The cold weather has taken a toll on crops and livestock in five mountain villages in Cebu City and three others in Balamban town, Cebu. At least 4...
22-01-2014 01:33 AM
Philippines bans China poultry imports due to bird flu
The Philippines said Tuesday it has banned imports of poultry and related products from China after it confirmed an outbreak of the HN52 strain of bir...
22-01-2014 01:32 AM
Filipino farmers need to be techno-savvy
Filipino farmers, by and large, are hardworking and industrious. But in this globalization age when they have to compete with their counterparts in Ch...
04-12-2013 09:37 AM
Philippines, Myanmar to ink deals on trade, agriculture
The Philippines and Myanmar will forge agreements on trade and investments and agriculture on Thursday, a senior government official said Wednesday. ...
13-11-2013 03:01 AM
Typhoon wreaks havoc on agriculture with over a million farmers affected
Over one million farmers in the Philippines have been impacted by Typhoon Haiyan according to the UN. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) s...
02-10-2013 03:39 AM
Govt urged to dump GMOs, promote organic farming
Environmental and civil society groups on Tuesday urged the government to promote organic farming, which they said is safer for consumers, more econom...
26-07-2013 02:36 AM
'Faulty' agriculture programs keep farmers poor
Despite efforts of the government to increase funding for the farm sector, poverty incidence among agriculture households remain high. This was par...
22-05-2013 09:34 AM
More investments needed in agriculture
Agricultural Secretary Proceso J. Alcala is right: Big local and foreign corporations should invest in agriculture, not only to ensure food security, ...
15-05-2013 10:08 AM
A tragedy in Philippine Agriculture
Last week I discussed the rebirth of the Filipino cuisine and noted its implication on the agriculture sector, specifically the growing demand for rel...
10-05-2013 10:45 AM
PHL agriculture sector grows 3.3% in Q
Agriculture grew by 3.3 percent to P352.5 billion in the first quarter of the year, with the crops, fishery, poultry and livestock subsectors expandin...
02-05-2013 09:17 AM
Agriculture: The decline of the poor man's sector
Among the three main sectors of the Philippine economy, agriculture is the most neglected in terms of investments and development. Its contribution to...
07-02-2013 10:05 AM
Philippine farmers hope for coconut craze windfall
Struggling Philippine farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the US pop star's endorsement of coconut water may help change her life f...
04-02-2013 10:16 AM
After 30 years, is a GM food breakthrough finally here?
Golden rice, a new strain that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries, is about to be sown in the Philippines – and is ...
31-01-2013 10:28 AM
Floods destroy P5.2M worth of crops in NCotabato
Rampaging flashfloods swept away more than P5 million worth of harvestable crops in 10 barangays in North Cotabato’s Kabacan town following three days...
24-12-2012 10:43 AM
Agriculture wants biodiesel blend increased to 5%
The Energy Department is studying a proposal from the Agriculture Department to increase the biodiesel blend to 5 percent from the present 2 percent. ...
11-12-2012 08:52 AM
Typhoon reduces Philippine farmers to beggars
The secluded valley that sheltered Jerry Blanco's banana crop from communist and Muslim rebellions offered no refuge from Typhoon Bopha, which left hi...
11-12-2012 08:39 AM
Invest more in agriculture sector, PH urged
The Asian Development Bank has urged the Philippines and its neighbors to invest more in agriculture, saying that food production must increase to avo...
18-09-2012 08:32 AM
Tobacco farmers hit Palace over sin taxes
Filipino tobacco farmers are dismayed at how Malacañang takes on their plight after a high Palace official claimed that imposing excessively high taxe...
20-07-2012 10:03 AM
Disease threatens Philippine banana exports
Philippine growers are warning their banana plantations are at risk of being “wiped out” by the Sigatoka disease sparking an undersupply of the fruit...
22-06-2012 12:16 PM
Wine from native Batanes fruit
Processed products from the fruits of an indigenous tree in Batanes will be researched and developed in earnest with the financial support expected to...
20-06-2012 11:06 AM
Agriculture processors secure tax incentives
Two agriculture processing projects worth a total of P101.9 million have been awarded tax breaks, the Board of Investments (BoI) said in a statement y...
20-06-2012 10:52 AM
Ex-agriculture chief in fertilizer scam case wants case resolved soon
MANILA, Philippines — Former Agriculture Secretary Luis Lorenzo wants the decision on his plunder case related to the alleged misuse of fertilizer fun...
19-06-2012 10:40 AM
Batangas solon urges agriculture producers to drop plans for market holiday
MANILA, Philippines – Batangas Representative Mark Llandro Mendoza has called on agriculture producers to abandon their threat of declaring a five-day...
18-06-2012 12:00 PM
Agritourism to improve farm income
MANILA, Philippines --- Agricultural tourism could be a niché tourism product that would help improve farm incomes provided a well-planned program is ...
18-06-2012 11:57 AM
Pork producers to question new Agriculture directive
DAGUPAN CITY -- Hog raisers are planning to question the implementation of a directive from the Department of Agriculture that stops traders from sell...
18-06-2012 11:55 AM
Search for the best agri stories launched
NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, June 18 (PIA) -- A search for best agriculture stories has been launched to recognize the chroniclers of Philippine agricult...
28-05-2012 07:14 AM
Singapore eyed for Philippine bananas
Malacanang is eyeing the export of bananas to Singapore to help local banana farmers affected by the stricter entry requirements imposed by China, whi...
24-05-2012 09:01 AM
Continuous supply of sugar to US assured
The Philippine sugar industry delegation to Washington has assured the continued supply of sugar to the United States in the coming years and support ...
21-02-2012 07:39 AM
Farmers fear collapse of banana industry
More and more banana farmers are convinced that the Philippine banana industry may not survive the slow but devastating effect of Panama wilt plant di...
09-02-2012 07:41 AM
Philippines eye coconut sugar market
Philippine government and private sector representatives are meeting next month to craft a master plan on coconut sap sugar and how the industry can g...
18-01-2012 07:22 AM
Flu infected boy dies in Cambodia
A 2-year-and-7 month-old boy from northwestern province of Banteay Meanchey had died...
08-12-2011 09:35 AM
200 kilos of duck seized in Navotas
More than 200 kilos of Peking duck and assorted poultry and pork products from China were confiscated by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) f...
28-11-2011 09:57 AM
Rice survives extreme weather
The government’s effort to restore eroded rice terraces in Ifugao and Mt. Province has been complemented with a study that aims to understand ho...
10-11-2011 09:55 AM
More agricultural storage infrastructure needed
The Senate agriculture and food committee asked Thursday the Aquino administration to prod the private sector to put up cold storage facilities...
26-10-2011 09:14 AM
Rice prices climb after storm losses
Rice prices rose for a fifth day on Tuesday, the best run in more than seven weeks, on speculation the damage to crops in Thailand from floods will bo...
05-10-2011 09:36 AM
Govt sees no need to buy rice
The Philippines has ample rice stocks to cover damages from two strong typhoons that hit last week and has no urgent need for imports, a senior offici...
03-10-2011 08:54 AM
Typhoons damage 450k tonnes of rice
Two powerful typhoons that hit northern Philippines in less than a week may have damaged more than 448,000 tonnes of paddy rice...
09-09-2011 08:16 AM
Philippines is running out of farmers
The country’s food security is at risk as millions of farmers and fishermen are getting too old for what is back-breaking work...
05-09-2011 09:13 AM
Tuna catches dwindle
Overfishing and the effects of global warming are leaving the Philippines with diminished tuna landings, President Benigno Aquino has warned.
02-09-2011 09:19 AM
Bird flu scare good for chicken exports
The government plans to ship local chicken to China and Vietnam after reports said a new strain of bird flu virus were affecting the poultry industrie...
31-08-2011 10:15 AM
DA on alert against bird-flu products
The Department of Agriculture (DA) today assured that it is already implementing precautionary measures to prevent the entry of the deadly bird flu vi...
11-08-2011 09:28 AM
Small rice farmers sink deeper in debt
AS floodwaters spawned by Tropical Storm "Juaning" recede after destroying rice fields in Bicol two weeks ago, small farmers are facing uncertainties ...
19-06-2011 16:49 PM
Rice production to increase 15 percent
Rice production in the first half of this year could be 14.9 percent higher over the same period of last year, a senior government official said today...
12-05-2011 09:25 AM
Heavy cattle head to Philippines
A boat of 5,000 head has left the port of Broome in Western Australia, bound for the Philippines, with all of the cattle weighing over 350 kilograms.
05-04-2011 08:43 AM
No existing ban on German poultry products
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has advised the public that there are no existing ban on poultry and poultry products coming from Germany as it was...
04-03-2011 06:29 AM
Philippines inflation up 4.3%
Philippines consumer prices increased more than expected in February as inflation hit a nine-month high.
19-02-2011 10:16 AM
Belgium grants aid to 13,000 farmers
The Belgian government granted P11.13 million worth of aid to over 13,000 farmers in 13 towns in Region I and the Cordillera which were badly affected...
30-01-2011 10:25 AM
New approach to agricultural development
The government plans a new approach to agricultural development under the Public-Private Partnership program...
24-01-2011 08:08 AM
127 farmers join food chain program
A total of 127 farmer cooperatives and small and medium enterprise producers across the country have joined the Food Supply Chain Program...
21-01-2011 07:35 AM
Philippines rice 2010 farm output hit by weather
Rice output in the Philippines, the world’s largest exporter of the grain, fell last year as the country’s farms were hit by a drought and...