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Long, short stalks of rice production

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GOLDEN GRAINS  Without machines and modern drying facilities, a farmer in Kalinga province dries stalks of palay under the sun by hanging these on bamboo poles. Kalinga is among the top producers of traditional rice varieties in the Cordillera region. FILE PHOTO

Whenever the rice supply situation is brought up in conversations, two grave misconceptions are at once entertained by the public.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

NFA told denials not easing rice price woes

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Simple denials and a “smear campaign” won’t pacify the public’s rage over the continuing increase in prices of rice, shortage in supply and allegations that rice imported by the National Food Authority (NFA) are overpriced, a ranking leader of a militant group said on Wednesday.

Posted: September 11th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Rice self-sufficiency now at 98%, according to new DA formula

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How close are we, really, to self-reliance in rice production – 92 percent, 94 percent, 95 percent?

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rice self-sufficiency target still on – Alcala

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala  FILE PHOTO

The Department of Agriculture on Thursday insisted the government was on track to achieve its target of rice self-sufficiency this year, and appealed to news media not to equate the concept of rice self-sufficiency with zero importation of rice.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Rice cartels, smuggling going out of style–Alcala

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said rice cartel and smuggling would soon be a thing of the past as he noted an upsurge in the country’s rice production goal last year.

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Pampanga farmers celebrate ‘duman’ bounty

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THERE is enough supply of this native cereal as grains withstood the rains triggered by the southwest monsoon last August  E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS / INQUIRER Central Luzon

The heavy rains induced by the habagat (southwest monsoon) in August and the amihan (northeast monsoon) wind two months later had brought an unexpected bounty to local rice farmers who celebrated the ‘Duman’ Festival here on Saturday.

Posted: December 2nd, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Tractor hopes to lower cost of rice production

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It all started with a World Bank (WB) report about the high cost of labor and low rates of mechanization, which contributed to high palay production cost in the Philippines.

Posted: September 1st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

DA sees bigger rice harvest this year

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FAO has raised its forecast for global production of rice by 4.2 million tons in 2012 due to improved prospects in several countries including the Philippines. INQUIRER PHOTO

Filipino farmers will harvest an additional 750,000 metric tons of rice under the Department of Agriculture’s early planting program involving 150,000 hectares of crop lands which were planted to rice during the summer season, the DA has said.

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

DA lowers forecast for 2011 rice production

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The Department of Agriculture has scaled down its 2011 rice production forecast by 4.3 percent to 16.68 million metric tons (MT) after typhoons that hit the country in the second half of the year pulled down the country’s rice harvests.

Posted: November 17th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No rice shortage seen despite 1M metric tons production cut due to typhoons

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MANILA, Philippines—The country’s palay (raw rice) production will be reduced by around one million metric tons in 2011 as a result of typhoons that damaged farmlands, according to the head of the Department of Agriculture. But Department of Agriculture officials assured senators, on Tuesday, there would be no rice shortage this year and in 2012. [...]

Posted: October 11th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DA pushes corn as healthier alternative to rice

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FOR MANY Filipinos, corn is rice’s lowly cousin. But the Department of Agriculture (DA) says Filipinos should not degrade the grain because it has health benefits and could be the ticket to the country attaining food security. The DA revealed on Sunday that it had stepped up production of low-glycemic white corn seedlings to provide [...]

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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