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Agriculture agency head denies rift with food czar

DA Secretary Proceso Alcala. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on Wednesday denied having any rift with appointed food czar former Senator Francis Pangilinan, who was appointed by the President to clean up the graft-ridden agency.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PH to import 1.3 M tons of rice this year


Rice self-sufficiency is projected to reach 98 percent this year, better than last year, but government is poised to import 800,000 more million metric tons of rice than last year, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Benguet execs lose trust in DA unit

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Officials of Benguet province urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to suspend the awarding of the management of a new vegetable trading area, called Agri-Pinoy Center, to National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) due to the agency’s alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Posted: August 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Garlic prices start falling; DA tightens rules on imports


The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday garlic prices in local markets have eased as imports have been lined up amid the tighter screening of traders.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Bureau of Plant Industry chief relieved over garlic price hike fiasco


Bureau of Plant Industry chief Clarito Barron has been transferred to a different office in the Department of Agriculture after agri-business groups called for his resignation over the spike in garlic prices.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »