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Rice trade restrictions seen as WTO violation

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The National Food Authority (NFA) may no longer restrict rice importation because its power to implement quantitative restrictions (QR), or volume limits, on rice imports had expired in June 2012, according to a Department of Justice legal opinion sent to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Filipinos paying 40% more for rice

A RICE STALL at the Baguio City public market offers different varieties of rice from lowland and upland farms. File photo of EV ESPIRITU

Filipinos are paying 40 percent more for rice because of import controls that make it more expensive for the government to bring in foreign rice to augment local supply, a top economist has said here.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

A woman who married a gay man

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A woman should not rush into marriage just because her man is handsome and looking very manly.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

PH rice policy tagged flawed, prone to graft

The biggest threat to the country’s rice industry is a flawed government policy that, while officially seeking to protect local farmers, is apparently the source itself of loopholes that rice smugglers use to circumvent the law, according to two former officials of a government agency in charge of the country’s grains supply.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

NFA doubles rice allocation in Metro Manila markets

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Photo taken from agriculture-ph.com

The National Food Authority (NFA) has increased their allocation for accredited outlets in a bid to infuse the market with affordable rice.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

120,000 bags of Viet rice bought by NFA now in Bicol

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Port workers started unloading on Monday at least 120,000 bags, or 6,000 metric tons, of rice imported from Vietnam that arrived on Saturday at Port of Legazpi, said an official of the National Food Authority (NFA).

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Ship with 100,000 bags of Vietnam rice grounded in La Union

More than 100,000 bags of rice imported from Vietnam by the government remained in a cargo ship that ran aground near the port of San Fernando City in La Union province last month.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Rice scandal probers should call ex-NFA chief

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Whether or not David Bangayan is the country’s alleged rice smuggling kingpin David Tan is no longer an issue; the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has clearly stated that Bangayan and Tan are one and the same person.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Consumers see no respite from higher prices of rice

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Consumers in this city are anticipating higher rice prices even during the holidays as the debate over whether or not supply is sufficient took a twist with the justice department ordering an investigation of allegations that a recent importation of rice by the National Food Authority (NFA) is overpriced.

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Don’t let NFA be run by alien, says group

Argee Guevarra. Photo from http://www.facebook.com/argee.guevarra

A leader of a militant group on Saturday called for decisive action against graft in the Department of Agriculture (DA) which he said manifested itself in the appointment of an administrator in the National Food Authority (NFA) who enjoys dual citizenship.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Mindanao groups: Citizenship issue blot on NFA

Farmers’ groups in Mindanao are now starting to question the capability of the National Food Authority (NFA) in achieving its targets in the government’s rice production program following reports that the agency’s head is not a natural-born Filipino.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Citizenship issue hounds NFA amid rice controversy

Amid the ongoing debate over whether or not the government can meet its rice-sufficiency targets despite continuing reports of shortage and price increases, the agency that is at the center of the rice situation is now under scrutiny over an issue that critics said could be key to why the country’s rice-production programs seem to falter—the citizenship of the agency’s highest official.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Inconsistent policies seen cause of rice price hikes

The provincial head of the National Food Authority (NFA) in North Cotabato blamed the rising costs of rice on unscrupulous traders even as another lawmaker called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) and NFA to stick to a 2011-2016 food sufficiency program to ensure affordable rice prices.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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