• Meat imports seen surpassing 2019 record
    The country’s meat imports this year may exceed the 2019 volume based on the January to October shipments, which expanded by 8.5 percent to 760,000 metric tons (MT), as traders and processors bought more imported chicken meat and beef products. Data from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) showed that meat imports in the 10-month […]
  • Gain report: GE corn areas in PHL continue to expand
    The country’s total area planted with genetically engineered (GE) corn this year expanded by 26 percent to 834,617 hectares indicating “increased acceptance and understanding of the benefits of biotechnology,” according to a Global Agricultural Information Network (Gain) report. The Gain report, prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service in Manila (USDA-FAS […]
  • China’s Covid-19 rule worries banana growers
    The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has expressed concern over China’s mandatory disinfection of food imports as a precautionary measure against Covid-19, as it could hike business costs and affect shipments to the Philippines’s second-largest export market. PBGEA Executive Director Stephen A. Antig told the BusinessMirror that the shipments of some of the […]
  • Senate panel to probe delays in implementation of Balog-Balog projects
    The Senate Committee on Agriculture will open an inquiry into the slow implementation of projects under the P7.7-billion Balog-Balog Multi-Purpose Project (BBMP) in San Jose, Tarlac, which  started during the term of former President Corazon Aquino. The inquiry will be conducted after Sen. Panfilo Lacson flagged the delayed BBMP projects cited in a 2018 Commission […]
  • Biotechnology offers opportunities for growth—Cimatu
    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) underscored the importance of promoting biological technology and its benefits amid the devastating socioeconomic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent typhoons that hit the country. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said in a statement that biological technology or biotechnology “sheds a gleaming light of hope […]

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