JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, TMT

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Growth in the Philippine farm sector this year will likely top last year’s record because of favorable weather and major improvements in the fisheries subsector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said over the weekend. “We are expecting a major boost in our farm sector this year, because of the gains…

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The Department of Agriculture is tapping state universities and colleges (SUC) to serve as production sites of quality rice seeds. In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said such partnership with the SUCs, particularly those with idle lands suitable for rice production, will complement efforts of research stations of the…

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THE National Food Authority (NFA) council has given the go signal for the state-run grains agency to sell well-milled rice at P32 a kilogram in addition to its regular-milled rice that is currently being sold at P27 a kilogram nationwide. NFA administrator Orlan Calayag said the new variety rice is…

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St. Augustine Gold and Copper Ltd. has announced the acquisition of a 25-percent interest in Nationwide Development Corp. (Nadecor) for $43.5 million. “We are delighted to welcome St. Augustine as a significant shareholder in Nadecor. Both companies are aligned in our goal to advance the King-king Project into production as…

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Manila will no longer import rice outside its commitment to the international trade agreements with the country producing enough rice to meet domestic requirements, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday. “If ever we are going to import rice next year, it will be within our minimum access volume…

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) will implement three major public-private partnership (PPP) projects designed to increase productivity of various sectors in agriculture and fisheries. Zenaida Villegas, DA Project Service Development director, said that the projects for consideration under the PPP scheme will include the construction of a multipurpose reservoir dam,…

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) is backing the implementation of the anti-overloading law despite warnings from truckers and freight industry stakeholders over the possible impact in the supply and prices of rice. “It is about time that we implement the new guidelines so that we will have a more permanent…

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The Philippines is shipping 45 metric tons (MT) of premium and aromatic white to Singapore, the second export commitment this year. In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the long-grain white rice, which will be shipped on July 22 to Singapore, was source from farmers of the Fitmus…

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has turned over some P53.6-million worth of basic infrastructure projects to farmers of the MSS Agrarian Reform Community in Quezon province. In a statement, DAR Under-secretary for support services Jerry Pacturan said the projects include the 5.4-kilometer Cogorin-Mabanban farm-to-market road with bridge, six units…

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A big mining lobby on Wednesday said that the proposed alternative mining bill to be filed in Congress is “designed to kill the responsible mining industry” in the country. In a statement, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) said that there is no need to repeal the existing…