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‘Callous,’ farmers say of new rice importation


The militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) assailed the National Food Authority (NFA) for pushing through with the importation of 500,000 metric tons of rice that would enter the country in time for harvests in October.

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old – US

This July 21, 2014 photo provided by the University of California-San Diego shows three border collies, from left, Samwise, Arwen and Frodo. AP Photo/University of California-San Diego, Steve Harris

Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Garlic imports timed with harvests

GARLIC TRADERS EARNING BILLIONS  Holding a string of expensive bulbs, Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says the surge in the price of imported garlic from P17 to P300 a kilo could translate to a profit of P26 billion a year for traders. The P2-million penalty for price manipulation is not deterring them. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Enraged by the unprecedented increase in garlic prices, a group of agriculture stakeholders on Friday demanded the immediate resignation of Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Director Clarito Barron, saying he was to blame for the mess.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

70 firms, including Globe, 45 customs brokers suspended due to violations

Bureau of Customs. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Nine out of every 10 shipments of imported goods that pass through the country’s port are either misdeclared or undervalued, resulting in billions of pesos in lost government revenue, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

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

DOJ chief admits letter on WTO effects of PH rice import policy


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has admitted writing the 12-page document that thumbed down the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) position on the expired “special privilege” granted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that allowed the Philippines to restrict rice imports.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »