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NOVEMBER IS ‘RICEPONSIBLE’ MONTH – DA

“To show our never-ending support to our rice farmers, we must patronize buying locally produced rice and rice-based products,” Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary for Operations Arnel de Mesa urged. During the Opening of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) Exhibit at DA recently, Assistant Secretary De Mesa highlighted the “Be RICEponsible” advocacy as […]

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DA: RICE, MEAT SUPPLY ENOUGH FOR HOLIDAYS

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured that the Philippine agriculture sector remains capable of producing enough rice and meat to meet the holiday demands. The Department of Agriculture relayed that the supply outlook provided by the agency’s National Rice Program reported an increase in local palay production. According to the agency, a big chunk […]

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RICE, CORN HISTORIC HARVESTS AMONG DAR’S LEGACY

“I am one of the happiest Filipinos.” This was the reaction of Agriculture Secretary William Dar following the announcement of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. that he is personally designating himself as the temporary caretaker of Philippine agriculture. Dar also expressed optimism as the new President is set to take over the agri-fishery portfolio starting at […]

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DA PILOTS DRIP IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY IN PAMPANGA

As part of the efforts to modernize the farm systems adapted in production areas, the government is investing in irrigation technologies to increase rice production and attain sufficiency in the near term.     Agriculture Secretary William Dar visited the Rice-Based Drip Irrigation Fertigation Showcase at the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU). “Drip irrigation is an […]

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USE P203B MARCOS ESTATE TAX TO FEED 60M PINOYS

A presidential aspirant who grew up poor and hungry in the streets of Tondo has urged the government to collect the P203 billion estate tax owed by the family of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, funds that can be used to provide close to 60 million Filipinos with a year’s supply of free rice. Speaking to […]

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ENOUGH FOOD IN PH TO LAST BEYOND NEXT 3 MOS – DA

As the government imposes stricter movement, particularly in “Alert Level 3″ areas to prevent and reduce COVID-19 infections, Agriculture Secretary William Dar appealed anew to consumers to avoid panic-buying, assuring that the country has enough food supply. “Buying more food than what we require deprives others, thus causing an artificial shortage and price spikes,” Dar […]

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DAVAO CITY TRAFFIC ENFORCERS GET RICE, CASH AID

Despite being in the hospital due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), First District Representative Paolo Duterte made sure sacks of rice and cash assistance were given out to all traffic enforcers in Davao City. The lawmaker’s office said around 948 pieces of 10 kilograms of rice and cash assistance were distributed to the City […]

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KEEP PORK, RICE PRICES AFFORDABLE – POE

Senator Grace Poe urged the government’s economic team to “walk the talk” and ensure that prices of pork and rice are kept affordable for ordinary citizens after it recommended tariff cuts that could also spell lost revenue. “Our people expect the government’s economic team to live up to their avowed tenet of fiscal responsibility by […]

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ISABELA FARMERS AVOID BANKRUPTCY WITH ‘SAGIP SAKA’

As Isabela rice farmers struggle with the twin effects of the Rice Tariffication Law and the COVID-19 pandemic, an Isabela-based cooperative avoided bankruptcy and even posted higher earnings due to the direct buying of rice by local government units (LGUs). In an online consultation with farmers in Isabela, Senator Kiko Pangilinan recognized the efforts of […]

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TARANGNAN BARTERS PLASTIC WASTE FOR RICE – TAN

The local government units of Tarangnan, Samar, and Carigara, Leyte are encouraging their respective residents to participate in a program to collect solid waste and have these exchanged for food items. In Tarangnan town, Mayor Arnel Tan said that residents are entitled to 2 kilograms of rice and several canned goods for every kilo of shredded […]