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Importing an additional 500,000 metric tons of rice as part of measures to boost the buffer stock will help keep prices of the staple food of Filipinos stable in public markets, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said Wednesday defending government’s position on the matter.
The January to June 2014 palay and corn production surpassed their respective 2013 levels by 4.8% and 4.7%. Probable palay production for july to December 2014 may suffer a setback of 1.2%. This could be attributed to unrealized plantings in the third quarter because of the late onset of the rainy season; and delayed release and insufficient irrigation water. On the other hand, corn production may increase by 1.8%.
Agriculture grew by 1.81 percent in the first half of 2014. The expansion in the crops subsector boosted the growth of the sector. Output increments were also noted in the livestock and poultry subsectors. The fisheries subsector, however, posted a decline in production. Agriculture grossed P776.5 billion at current prices which was 11.26 percent higher than last year's gross receipts.
Inflation shot up to a nearly 3-year high in July as millions of poor Filipinos endured steep price rises for essential foods, data from the government statistics agency showed Tuesday, August 5.
The Department of Agriculture said today that 100 percent of the budget for farm-to-market roads today is being used to make roads at least six inches thick and five meters wide, as part of government’s climate change resiliency program.
The Department of Agriculuture said today that 65 percent of farmers in the areas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 have already harvested their crops, as the DA continues to help those who were affected by the strongest typhoon in history.
The Department of Agriculture said today farm mechanization, specifically the use of “combined harvesters,” a machine that combines three separate operations comprising harvesting—reaping, threshing and winnowing— into a single process, could be what we need to reach the targeted rice harvest this year of more than 19M metric tons, and eventually achieve rice self-sufficiency.
The National Food Authority is preparing for a second rice importation tender this year, this time for 500,000 tons.
Malnutrition continues to be a public health issue in the Philippines affecting infants and school children. The increasing prevalence continues unless the issue of malnutrition has been fully addressed.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said today (June 20) traders triggered the “price rise” bandwagon which caused the prices of chicken and pork in the markets to rise. Agriculture Undersecretary for Livestock Operations Jose Reaño said “traders and retailers with opportunistic attitudes are taking advantage of the spiraling price of other commodities.”