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Import quota issue a concern for rice farmers

Provincial officials here want the national government to reveal safety nets that would shield rice farmers from the adverse effects of the lifting of the rice import quota that starts this coming June.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has issued a temporary ban on the importation of poultry meat and other products derived from domestic and wild birds of Japan and Germany following the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in those countries.

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has tied up with the country’s top business tycoons for a program aimed at alleviating poverty in Sulu and stop the recruitment of rebel groups in the province.

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Five of the country’s biggest supermarket chains have committed to buy direct from onion and garlic farmers, in an effort to end price manipulation by cartelized middlemen and traders, said Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported yesterday that damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Regions 1, 2, 3, and the Cordillera Administrative Region from typhoon “Lawin” has reached more than P2 billion.

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Fisherfolks from this province received 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats, including the motors, triggers, and bottom set gillnets from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday at this town.

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