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House panel OKs bill waiving unpaid loan interest of farmers

A bill seeking to condone unpaid interest on loans secured by farmers, fisher folk, and agrarian reform beneficiaries has been endorsed for enactment by the House Committee on Agrarian Reform.

If rice prices start moving up in the coming weeks, it will be because our officials are still debating on whether our farmers are already producing enough for our consumers or we still have to import hundreds of thousands of tons of rice from Thailand and Vietnam.

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THE lean months for rice in the Philippines traditionally start in July and end in September. Last March, there were signs that the summer rice harvests may not be able to reach the targets set by the National Food Authority (NFA).

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Farmers and farmer’s cooperatives from the 5th district of Iloilo are invited to join a free seminar-workshop on grains classification to be conducted by the National Food Authority (NFA) Iloilo Provincial Office in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

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No urgent need to import rice – Piñol

The Philippines, one of the world’s biggest rice buyers, has no urgent need to import rice for now given ample domestic supply, incoming agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol said yesterday.

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This was how Agriculture Secretary-designate Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol described the corruption at the Department of Agriculture in his meeting with different stakeholders in the agriculture sector at the Garden Oasis Restaurant here Friday.

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