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Cordillera rice varieties vanishing

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A WOMAN tends the terraces where traditional rice varieties are grown in Banaue town, Ifugao province. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Ever heard of “chong-ak,” “imbuucan” and “ominio?” These are rice varieties grown in the Cordillera that are fast disappearing, according to organic food advocates.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ecija palay prices go up

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Farmers in Nueva Ecija province have been enjoying record-high farm gate prices of rice, but rice millers and traders said this good fortune may later affect consumer prices.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Dry spell delays rice planting in Maguindanao

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Farmers in Maguindanao have not been able to replant their rice fields because of a dry spell that started in February.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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

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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 »

1 million bags of ‘smuggled’ rice kept in ports

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An alliance of food producers is suing another judge for releasing 480 container vans of rice shipments that had been under the custody of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Manila.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

No release anymore of 85 containers of ‘hot’ rice

The remaining 85 container vans of rice brought into this port without permit by a firm identified with suspected rice smuggler David Bangayan, aka “David Tan,” will no longer be released following the Supreme Court ruling that stopped the enforcement of a local court order preventing the customs bureau from seizing the rice shipment.

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

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 »

Pangasinan folk complaining of increasing rice cost

Prices of rice in Pangasinan province have gone up in the last two weeks, generating complaints from consumers.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | 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 »

50,000 MT rice smuggled to PH weekly, says Customs exec

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As much as 50,000 metric tons of rice a week were allegedly smuggled into the Philippines last year, an official of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rice imports overprice reached P825 million — NBI, BOC

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The government’s rice imports from Vietnam in 2013—which totaled 705,700 metric tons or around 14.1 million bags of 50-kilogram long grain white rice—were allegedly overpriced by as much as $18.8 million (around P825.4 million), according to National Food Authority and Bureau of Customs insiders.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | 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 »

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