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Banana exports reverse sagging trend, rise in 2023
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 22, 2024 - 12:00am
Philippine banana exports reversed its sagging trend as shipments recovered in 2023, halting a four-year decline, thanks to additional production from rehabilitated areas previously affected by Panama disease.
DA taps US biotech firm to address cecid fly problem
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 22, 2024 - 12:00am
The Department of Agriculture is tapping a biotechnology company in the US to help the country eliminate cecid fly infestation in local mango farms.
Millennials, Gen Zs perk up coffee production in Philippines
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 20, 2024 - 12:00am
Gab likes her coffee sweet, but not saccharine. And so, her go-to drink is French vanilla: medium roast coffee infused with vanilla extract with a dash of milk.
Eased forex rules to take effect this year
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 20, 2024 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is expected to release its final circular on eased foreign exchange rules this year to attract more foreign investments into the country, a Monetary Board member said yesterday.
Fertilizer imports hit 3-year high in 2023
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 19, 2024 - 12:00am
Fertilizer imports last year expanded by almost a fifth to a three-year high of over 2.5 million metric tons as global prices of the farm input declined at a double-digit pace.
Philippines out to regain stature as top seaweed exporter
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 19, 2024 - 12:00am
Boosting local seaweed output to regain the country’s stature as the world’s top exporter of the commodity would require expanding production areas by 85,000 hectares, the Department of Agriculture ...
Department of Agriculture to farmers: Replant immediately
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 17, 2024 - 12:00am
The Department of Agriculture is urging rice farmers tilling at least 26,000 hectares to immediately replant palay after their harvest to mitigate the impact of El Niño on rice output.
Government to adopt digital tools, AI in agriculture
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 17, 2024 - 12:00am
The Marcos administration plans to adopt digital technologies, including artificial intelligence to modernize the country’s agriculture sector, according to the Philippine Development Report.
Maynilad pouring in P2.7 billion for water loss reduction plan
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 16, 2024 - 12:00am
Maynilad Water Services Inc. will spend P2.7 billion until 2027 to reduce water losses by replacing its aging pipe network and stifling the rampant illegal connecti
Government OKs higher 60,000 MT potato imports at lower tariff
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 16, 2024 - 12:00am
The Philippines has allowed the entry of more imported potatoes used for making chips and french fries at a lower tariff to meet the growing demand for the raw material by local snack manufacturers.
Expanded irrigation to boost Iloilo rice output
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 15, 2024 - 12:00am
The expansion of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project is expected to increase local rice production in Iloilo by almost 140,000 metric tons, the Department of Agriculture said.
Cold storage industry capacity to grow by 8% in 2024
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 15, 2024 - 12:00am
Local cold storage capacity is expected to grow by at least eight percent this year to around 750,000 metric tons, driven by higher storage demand for food items, according to the Cold Chain Association of the...
MAV suspension plan up for review
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 14, 2024 - 12:00am
The Department of Agriculture plan to suspend the minimum access volume on pork and corn would undergo the scrutiny of the government’s economic cluster, a DA official said yesterday.
Hog raisers struggle to hike production amid ASF blow
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 13, 2024 - 12:00am
Hog production continued its recovery last year, but still at a rate slower than what industry players and government officials hoped for as threats posed by African swine fever deter repopulation efforts.
MAV suspension could lead to higher pork prices – importers
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Meat importers have warned that pork prices could rise if the government would not immediately resolve the issues surrounding the minimum access volume (MAV) as import arrivals could be delayed.
Fisheries output slips in 2023
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
Local fisheries production in 2023 slipped by 1.8 percent to 4.26 million metric tons from 4.34 million MT in 2022 as catch by both commercial and municipal fishers decreased, according to the Philippine Statistics...
BCCP raises concerns over plans to curb meat imports
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines expressed concerns on the agriculture department’s plan to temporarily suspend the minimum access volume on corn and pork.
Rice inventory up 10 percent in January
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
The country’s total rice inventory at the start of the year rose by almost 10 percent to over two million metric tons on the back of higher stocks in commercial entities.
Philippines to import more rice – USDA
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 10, 2024 - 12:00am
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hiked its rice import forecast for the Philippines to 3.9 million metric tons this year, driven by bigger purchases from Vietnam.
DBP lends P116 million for swine farm expansion
by Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas - February 9, 2024 - 12:00am
State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines said it extended a P116-million loan for the expansion of a swine farm project in Nueva Ecija to boost the government’s hog repopulation efforts.
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