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DA eyes limit on corn importation to help local farmers

Agriculture Secretary William Dar has given assurances the Department has begun working on a strategy to only allow the importation of corn during off-season of the local harvest......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 17th, 2020

P9 billion in rice, corn harvested before typhoon landfall

Local farmers pre-harvested P9 billion worth of paddy rice and corn, the country’s two major staples, to avoid losing out the season’s first cropping harvest to the typhoon......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News6 hr. 9 min. ago

Agriculture import ban set vs coops

The Department of Agriculture is set to ban cooperatives from importing agricultural products, and limit the issuance of permits for rice importation to just five months a year to protect local producers from smuggling syndicates......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Rice farmers seek bigger financial aid

The one-time financial assistance that the Senate directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide to rice farmers amid the declining prices of palay would not be enough, a group of rice farmers said. (MB file, Keith Bacongco) Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said rice farmers have lost an average of P10,000 per hectare in the ongoing cropping season due to severely depressed palay prices.   This was his response to the joint resolution recently passed by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which ordered the DA to appropriate some P3 billion in tariffs from rice imports through the 2021 national budget for cash aid to rice farmers. Under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which allowed unlimited rice importation in the Philippines, tariff collections in excess of P10 billion per year can be used for additional support to farmers, including cash transfers. FFF, however, noted that the proposed appropriation would only provide P5,000 per farmer if distributed to some 600,000 farmers tilling one hectare or less.   If the actual number of qualified farmers is raised to 1.1 million, the subsidy would only amount to about P2,700 per farmer. Either proposal will be unfair to equally affected rice farmers tilling larger areas, the farmers’ group said.   Instead, Montemayor said the government could keep palay prices stable by temporarily imposing safeguard duties or additional tariffs on imported rice. “The government allowed unlimited rice imports, resulting in low palay prices.  Now, it will spend P3 billion to partially offset farmers’ losses. If it had instead imposed additional duties on imports, palay prices would not have dropped too much, there would have been no need for cash aid to farmers, and the government might have even earned extra revenues from the safeguard duties,” said Montemayor. Under the Section 10 of RTL or Republic Act (RA) 11203, in order to protect the Philippine rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations, a special safeguard duty on rice shall be imposed in accordance with Safeguard Measures Act.   R.A. 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act, on the other hand, allows additional safeguard duties on top of regular tariffs in case an import surge is shown to be harmful to local farmers.   “Safeguard duties will not be inflationary as claimed by the DA, because they will be applied only when there is already a proven oversupply in the market.  They can be removed once the situation stabilizes,” said Montemayor. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is not keen on slapping additional tariff on rice imports, and has repeatedly appealed for public understanding about the “short-term” effects of RTL to palay prices. However, he promised to look for other solutions to the plea of the farmers like asking the National Food Authority (NFA), which buys palay at P19 per kilogram (/kg) to boost the government’s buffer stock, to intensify its palay procurement.   Instead of cash aid, the FFF proposed that existing funds from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and extra tariff collections be re-focused to address current problems of farmers.   It noted that half of farmers receiving free seeds under the RCEF had already been using certified seeds in the past, and that many were seeking other types of support that were not available under RCEF.   Numerous farmers have also questioned the DA’s promotion of seed varieties like NSIC Rc222, which is of poor quality and are being shunned by traders. “Also, the P5 billion annual fund for mechanization is not moving well, and it might be more practical at this time to preserve job opportunities for farm laborers instead of displacing them with machines,” Montemayor said.   “Moreover, the P1 billion budget for extension and training could be realigned, considering that farmers cannot attend training activities due to COVID-related restrictions. The P1 billion for credit could be better used for interest rate subsidies or loan guarantee programs, instead of direct loans which will benefit only 20,000 farmers,” he added......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Farmers seek probe on smuggled corn

Local corn farmers are urging the Department of Agriculture to look into the 165,000 metric tons of corn allegedly smuggled into the country which pulled prices down......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

SMC buys corn from farmers

Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. has ramped up its purchase of local corn, buying over 400 million kilograms to date in a bid to help local farmers and ensure stable food supply......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Feed millers ramp up local purchases

The country’s feed millers have purchased more corn from local farmers amid a bumper harvest season......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Importation blamed for low rice, corn prices

Farmers now feel the brunt of the wanton importation of rice and corn, for them the cause of the continuing downslide in domestic prices of both cereal grains......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Corn prices fall to all-time low

Local corn farmers are now at the losing end as prices hit a low of P9 per kilogram, way below production cost due to imports and lack of government support......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

Palay prices continue to drop

Local farmers are facing a drop in palay (unhusked rice) farmgate prices just as the harvest season nears as rice importation patterns have become unpredictable amid the lack of government’s clear policy......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

Leni to government: Limit imports, support local business

Vice President Leni Robredo appealed yesterday to the government to limit importation and support local businesses to save the economy from the negative impact of the coronavirus disease......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2020

Dar eyes state-of-the-art NFA milling facilities

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said his department was looking to installing “state-of-the-art” milling facilities for the National Food Authority (NFA) to ensure that it would boost its palay (unmilled rice) procurement from local farmers and maintain its 30-day buffer stock. In a press conference, Dar lamented that the food agency had been milling palay through […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Villar: Government to tighten rice import restrictions

The government will tighten restrictions on rice importation to help stabilize local prices of the staple and protect farmers from cheap imports, Sen. Cynthia Villar said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2019

‘Misunderstood’ Duterte defends flip-flop on rice imports

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte defended his decision to suspend the importation of rice, saying such a move was “folly” as local farmers could not meet the country’s total production because of natural calamities. Speaking at the inauguration of a baseload coal-fired power plant in Saranggani on Friday, Duterte said he was “misunderstood” on his previous order […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

Duterte backtracks on rice import ban

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to implement his recent order suspending the importation of rice after Agriculture Secretary William Dar gave assurances that measures are in place to assist local farmers, according to the Department of Agriculture. Dar, in a meeting with the President on Wednesday night, explained the various solutions put in place […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 21st, 2019

Duterte tells Congress: Allot funds to buy local rice

President Duterte has urged Congress to allot funds for the purchase of the harvest of local farmers and has reiterated his order to suspend rice importation to help agriculture workers hit by the steep drop in palay prices......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2019

Duterte orders suspension of rice importation

MANILA Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Agriculture Secretary William Dar to suspend the importation of rice in order to help local farmers who suffered from the rice tariffication law. Duterte gave the order in a press conference late Tuesday night, November 19, saying the move was needed to avoid ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

Villar eyes raps vs DA, NFA execs over rice funds

Leading reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar warned officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority that she would file charges against those who failed to properly use the rice competitiveness enhancement funds, which would help local farmers improve their livelihood......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2019

DA, PLGU turn over HVCDP, other interventions to farmers

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Provincial Local Government Unit here recently turned over High Value Crop Development Program/Organic Agricul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News1 hr. 9 min. ago

IN PHOTOS: Local products showcased in farmers’ market

Local vegetables were from Bulacan farmers who have been decrying the demolition of their farms, particularly in San Jose del Monte area. The post IN PHOTOS: Local products showcased in farmers’ market appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

NFA Lanao del Sur buys palay at P19 per kilo

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) - The National Food Authority (NFA) in Lanao del Sur said it is buying palay from local farmers at P19 per kilo amid its plunging prices.Khayamera Dialem, NFA Lana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020