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Mayors play big role in raising farmer incomes

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Mayors, not the Department of Agriculture (DA), are primarily responsible for raising farmer incomes.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Roadmaps and budgets

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Growth Targets for Agriculture

Last March 14, members of the budget committee of the public-private sector National Agriculture and Fisheries Council (NAFC) met to discuss the proposed Department of Agriculture (DA) budget for 2015.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

SC asked to stop Manila court from releasing rice imports without permit

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Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) asked the Supreme Court to stop the Manila Regional Trial Court from implementing its orders allowing the release of 189,540 bags of rice that arrived last year in Manila port without the proper documents.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Small banana growers seek gov’t help in raising prices

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AFP FILE PHOTO

Small banana growers still recovering from typhoon Pablo have sought government’s help in the pricing of their bananas, which they say are bought at an unusually low price, compared to the prevailing price of bananas in the world market.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

DA chief to lobby for eased import tariffs on bananas

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. FILE PHOTO

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has told banana exporters he will personally lobby for the lowering of tariff for Cavendish banana in Korea and Japan.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Farm mechanization advocates to get more resources in 2014 budget

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Advocates of the greater use of machinery in farms have a golden opportunity in 2014 to tout the benefits of mechanization, if the expected increase in the budget of the Department of Agriculture delivers the desired results.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

DA exec recommends lobby to hike farm subsidy

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Fearful of the impact of free trade by 2015, Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano and Benguet officials urged vegetable farmers last week to seek higher farm subsidies and strengthen the vegetable industry in the region.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

DA abuse and use of power

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Power is a privilege. If abused, it can cause tremendous harm. But if used properly, it can be a great force for good.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Rice self-sufficiency target in sight

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The damage typhoons wrought on palay farms in the past year was not enough to significantly affect the country’s rice stock, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

DA as center of the universe

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World Food Day is celebrated globally every year on Oct. 16.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Global rice trade turns bleak as PH eases imports

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The projected growth of the global rice trade for 2013 remains negative while that for 2014 is anemic, both partly due to the easing of Philippine importation.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

PH exceeds rice export goal, goes for double

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The government has already exceeded its 2013 target export volume for high-end rice varieties last July and is on its way to doubling the goal by yearend.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

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