• Typhoons, pests to cut Q4 rice output
    Paddy production in the fourth quarter would be lower than 7.45 million metric tons (MMT) due to the onslaught of typhoons and pests, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In its report, titled “Updates on October-December 2017 Palay and Corn Forecasts,” which was published recently, the PSA revised downward its projection for unmilled rice […]
  • Vitarich wants to focus on domestic market
    Listed animal-feed manufacturer and poultry producer Vitarich Corp. (Vitarich) would rather focus on supplying chicken to Filipino consumers than export its products, as it sees more growth opportunities in the domestic market. Vitarich President and CEO Ricardo Manuel Sarmiento said the company wants to help wipe out the annual shortfall in Philippine poultry production, which […]
  • The war on poverty (3)
    Let’s look at data made available during the last few days: Agriculture accounting for 25 percent of the country’s total employment shed around 1.4 million jobs, reducing employment by 12.1 percent. Poverty in the Philippines remains concentrated in the countryside. Two-thirds of the poor are in rural areas depending on jobs and incomes from farming […]
  • PHL bid against import surge fails to fly at WTO
    THE Philippines’s request for a scheme that would protect agriculture from harmful import surges did not merit a draft decision from the World Trade Organization (WTO), effectively sending home the country’s negotiators from Argentina empty-handed. As the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) reached its conclusion, 164 member-countries failed to come up with a firm ministerial […]
  • Agri exports up 19.3% in January-October—PSA
    The country’s export earnings from agro-based products in January to October grew by 19.3 percent to $2.984 billion, from $2.501 billion recorded in the same period last year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The latest trade data from the PSA showed the bulk of revenues from shipments of agricultural products, or nearly 45 […]

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