• Rice output seen declining in Q2
    The country’s unmilled rice output may drop by 1.8 percent to 4.07 million metric tons in the second quarter, from last year’s 4.15 MMT, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its latest report, the PSA said rice production in April to June would settle below last year’s record due to lower yield and […]
  • ‘Govt plan to set SRP for agri goods a double-edged sword’
    The government’s plan to set a suggested retail price (SRP) for various farm goods drew mixed reactions from consumers and vendors who regarded the proposal as a “double-edged sword.” Some consumers and vendors interviewed by the BusinessMirror threw their support behind the SRP scheme, saying it could help stabilize food prices. But some small-scale retailers […]
  • PHL rice inventory hits 6-month high
    The country’s rice inventory as of May 1 rose to the highest level in six months, after the harvest of local paddy kicked into high gear in April, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Data from the PSA showed that the rice inventory during the period reached 2.909 million metric tons […]
  • SM Foundation’s program plants the seeds of farming
    With children of farmers now choosing to work in factories, business-process outsourcing (BPO) firms, offices, abroad or even putting up their microenterprises to earn a living, farming has practically become a dying vocation. But SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI), through its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program—which teaches farmers to earn more from farming using a system […]
  • Cacao growers seen benefiting from stringent EU limits for cadmium
    Philippine cacao growers are expected to gain from a European Union (EU) law that limited the maximum levels of cadmium in cocoa-based products, according to the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Department of Trade and Industry’s PTIC in Geneva tested the cadmium level of Philippine cacao beans, and said it […]

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