• DA ‘confident’ of hitting production goals in 2019
    Despite the double-digit cut in its allocation for 2019, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said it remains confident that it would be able to achieve its production targets for next year. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol also said the removal of “nonessential” programs would free up resources that could be used for the more important […]
  • Good weather allows commercial fishers to hike catch in Q2–PSA
    The country’s fisheries output in the second quarter rose by 2.6 percent to 1.133 million metric tons, from 1.104 MMT a year ago, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The PSA attributed the increase to favorable weather conditions and higher unloading volume by fishermen. “Of the three subsectors, commercial fisheries and aquaculture pulled up […]
  • DA to ban traders over nonuse of MAV allocation for pork and chicken
    The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday that it will blacklist all traders who failed to use their minimum access volume (MAV) allocation for imported pork and chicken this year. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he found out during the stakeholders’ meeting last Friday that about 43 percent of the 54,000 metric tons […]
  • PRDP backs construction of fish landing facility in Tawi-Tawi
    DAVAO CITY—Three warehouses and a fish-landing facility are currently being constructed in four barangays in Tawi-Tawi province under an agricultural assistance program funded by the World Bank. The Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) announced that it has granted the funding proposal of seaweed farmers in the barangays of Tandubas town for their storage facilities. Aside […]
  • Piñol wants to retain 5% tariff on MDM
    Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he is partial to retaining the 5-percent tariff on mechanically deboned meat (MDM) after the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice is converted into tariffs. Piñol said the Philippines does not produce MDM, a raw material used by meat processors to manufacture food items such as hot dogs. “I really […]

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