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1ST PH URBAN AGRI HYDRO HUB OPENS IN QC – DAR

Intensifying the food production initiatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the promotion of urban farming, a newly-opened “Urban Agri Hydro Hub Learning Center” was inaugurated recently at The Pop Up Katipunan in Quezon City. “This launch serves as our first step in reaching our goal. Today, we established our country’s first urban farming […]

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DA BIOTECH CENTER OPENS IN MUÑOZ, NUEVA ECIJA

Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the inauguration of the state-of-the-art Crop Biotechnology Center (CBC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) that will develop various plant products to help ensure food security and enhance the competitiveness of Philippine agriculture. The facility – located in the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) complex, in the Science City of […]

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BSU GIVES DAR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Agriculture Secretary William Dar received the first “Kalsa Centennial Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Benguet State University (BSU) during its alumni centennial celebration. The award — named after “Kalsa,” the Ibaloi word for “gong,” and a symbol of unity and diversity — is bestowed on individuals who continuously bring honor to the university through […]

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DAR TO LGUS: BUY PALAY DIRECTLY FROM FARMERS

Agriculture Secretary William Dar urged anew local government units (LGUs), particularly those in top rice-producing provinces, to help the government buy palay directly from farmers to prop up prices this main cropping season. “It is that time of the year again, wherein we are counting on the continued support of LGUs, including multi-purpose farmers’ cooperatives […]

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DA, BUCOR PARTNER UP FOR URBAN AGRI PROJECT – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) firmed up a new partnership for the Urban Agriculture Project (UAP), which involves the use of available BuCor lands for food production. Agriculture Secretary William Dar and BuCor Director-General and Undersecretary Gerald Bantag formally launched the “Gulayan sa Pamahalaan” under the UAP with a […]

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DA LAUNCHES ‘BANTAY SA ASF SA BARANGAY’ – DAR

In partnership with local government units, private sector, and veterinary and hog raisers’ groups, the Department of Agriculture (DA) formally launched in Batangas City the national hog repopulation and “Bantay sa ASF sa Barangay” twin program, with a combined public and private investments of P29.6 billion, aimed at effectively controlling the dreaded African swine fever […]

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DAR WARNS TRADERS WHO JACK UP PRICES OF FOOD ITEMS

Agriculture Secretary William Dar warns unscrupulous traders and wholesalers who unreasonably jack up prices of basic food items particularly pork, saying that a government task force is now monitoring their activities and if found guilty would face stiff penalties under the law. “We recently activated a sub-task group on economic intelligence under the IATF task […]

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DESPITE TYPHOONS, PH RICE SUPPLY ENOUGH – DAR

With timely weather advisories, farmers were able to harvest early and thus “saved” their crops several days before typhoons Quinta and Rolly wrought damage to major rice-producing provinces in Luzon. As a result, combined palay production loss amounted to roughly 165,000 metric tons (MT), representing two percent of the projected fourth-quarter harvest of 8.4 million […]

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GROW RICE VARIETIES PREFERRED BY CONSUMERS – DAR

After attaining increased palay production during the 2019-2020 dry season and the current main season, the Department of Agriculture (DA) now eyes the promotion of rice varieties that are preferred by consumers. “We need to adapt to the changes brought about by the rice tariffication law, one of which is consumers’ preference for quality rice. […]

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DA TO UPGRADE ILOCOS TOMATO PROCESSING PLANT – DAR

The Department of Agriculture is allotting P65 million to help a tomato processing facility get back on its feet, and help thousands of Ilocos farmers earn a sustainable income. “We will extend needed financial assistance to the Northern Foods Corporation (NFC) to make it financially afloat and thus make it attractive for potential investors en […]