DA helps typhoon-affected farmers, fisherfolks

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) extends its help for famers and fisherfolks affected by the recent typhoons.In the Network Briefing episode on Wednesday.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesNov 21st, 2020

DA readies interventions for farmers hit by Ursula

The Department of Agriculture has pledged immediate interventions to the farmers and fisherfolks affected by the onslaught of typhoon Ursula in Visayas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2019

Kalinga to get DA assistance

Typhoon-affected farmers and fisherfolks in Northern Luzon were assured support by Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 27th, 2016

DA in the Ilocos, farmers orgs augment relief goods in Cagayan

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 1 (DA-RFO1) augmented relief goods in Cagayan Valley, one of the regions greatly affected by Typhoon Ulysses j.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Damage to agriculture now at P10B; affected farmers at 150,000

Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Saturday said that total damage of typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses brought to agriculture is now pegged at P10 billion. “As of this morning, yung damage from Typhoon Quinta, Rolly at Ulysses, hindi pa kasama ngayon iyong flooding na nangyayari sa Isabela at Cagayan ay umaabot na po ng P10 […] The post Damage to agriculture now at P10B; affected farmers at 150,000 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 14th, 2020

Farmers hardest hit by typhoon Rolly

The agriculture department said 18,000 farmers have been affected, and at least 17,000-hectares of crops were destroyed. In Catanduanes alone, local government officials estimated at least P400-million ($8.26-million) damage to the abaca industry and 90 percent of their public infrastructure reduced to rubble. The post Farmers hardest hit by typhoon Rolly appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Palay prices dip to P11/kg in some areas

Palay prices continued to go down, even dipping to as low as P11 per kilogram (/kg) as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season with a series of strong typhoons. Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the average farm-gate price of palay continued its downward movement, falling by 4.1 percent to P15.79/kg from the price level of P16.47/kg in the previous week. Year-on-year, the price increased by 0.2 percent from its average price of P15.76/kg in the same week of the previous year. Unfortunately, prices went down to as low as P11/kg in areas like Surigao del Sur and Cavite, which means some farmers were forced to sell their produce at a loss. In other areas like Agusan del Sur and Bulacan, farmers barely made money, with palay sold at exactly or just slightly above P12/kg. In the Philippines, the average production cost of rice farmers stood around P12.72/kg, which is higher or nearly double than what rice farmers in Vietnam and Thailand spend to produce the staple. This means that if prices fell below that amount, farmers would receive earnings that are lower than what they spent for. Some said that with the current production cost, the breakeven farmgate price of fresh harvest should be around P14.50/kg.  Meanwhile, highest palay prices were recorded in areas like Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Rizal, and Palawan wherein the commodity were sold at P18/kg to P21/kg, the same PSA data showed. Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said that in the next few weeks, as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season, palay prices will definitely go down further. This, as palay, when damaged by storms, could yield to poor quality rice, which, among other reasons like the continuous entry of imported rice, could result in traders deciding not to buy at all.  “Rainy weather is also to blame since traders have to discount for grain deterioration due to lack of drying facilities,” he said. A data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed that as of October 29, Typhoon Quinta already destroyed 79,239 metric tons (MT) of palay worth P1.13 billion within 62,880 hectares of farms. Then there’s the threat of Typhoon Rolly, which is expected to make landfall in Quezon and Aurora provinces on Saturday (October 31) and become a super typhoon. Montemayor also thinks that the continuous decline in palay prices is already “not surprising” since government intervention is doing very little for farmers. According to him, the National Food Authority’s (NFA) palay procurement has had minimal impact despite pronouncements of DA, while the planned suspension of  sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances (SPS-ICs) on rice “came in too late, as in last year, to influence farmgate prices.” “Too little too late [actions] again by the DA,” Montemayor said. “At this time, [DA can do] very little. Damage was already done and most farmers have already harvested. Some typhoon-affected farmers (like those in Occidental Mindoro and Isabela) are asking NFA to buy storm-damaged palay but I doubt if they will do that since the agency itself doesn’t have dryers,” he added. Montemayor was particularly referring to Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s previous order for NFA to intensify its palay procurement in order to address decline in palay prices.  To recall, NFA, whose sole mandate now is to secure the government’s buffer stock, buys palay at P19/kg and is given P7 billion every year to do this. Also, more than a week ago, Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the senate agriculture committee, asked the DA to stop issuing SPS-ICs to rice importers during harvest time, which would probably take effect after the next planting season. Business Bulletin sought the reaction of DA Spokesperson Noel Reyes regarding the decline in palay prices, but he is yet to respond......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Thousands displaced by typhoon Quinta in Quezon, other parts of Southern Tagalog

Most of the families affected in the province are farmers. Although the southern area of Quezon is no stranger to typhoons and storms, the devastation and loss of livelihood caused by Typhoon Quinta becomes costlier now due to the ongoing pandemic. The post Thousands displaced by typhoon Quinta in Quezon, other parts of Southern Tagalog appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Philguarantee boosts fund facility to P300 billion

State-run Philippine Guarantee Corp. beefed up its facility to P300 billion to cover guarantee programs particularly for micro, small and medium enterprises, small farmers and fisherfolks and other borrowers severely affected by the global health pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Robredo: COVID-19 cases and deaths are not mere statistics

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo said the country’s coronavirus cases and deaths are not mere statistics as it shows how COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected every Filipino family. VP LENI ROBREDO (SCREENSHOT FRO VP LENI ROBREDO’S FACEBOOK VIDEO / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo noted more people have to endure hardships that resulted from the weaker economy and continuous rise in the number of infections and deaths. “Conversely, as more people get sick because of COVID-19, so does the suffering of our people get prolonged. Many have died; they are not mere statistics,” she said. ”Each of them had a story, had a dream, has a family that mourns their loss. And as cases continue to rise, it becomes harder move forward towards a better normal,” she added. The vice president reminded the administration the pandemic is the root cause of these problems, and if it has a clear plan, Filipinos can overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and move forward. Robredo bared a comprehensive list of suggestions in a videotaped public address, dubbed “Message of Hope”, on her Facebook page. This was perceived by many as her own roadmap on how the country can recover from the ill-effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Her recommendations include a correct data regarding COVID-19, safety nets for affected families, tax incentives for companies, equitable and systematic provision of resources to hospitals. Robredo also batted for pooled testing and timely contract tracing, better wages of health workers, and harmonization of COVID-19 efforts of the public and private sector, among others, instead of just waiting for a vaccine to become available. The opposition leader said she supports the government’s P31-billion “Plant, Plant, Plant” program that will be implemented nationwide to benefit farmers, fisherfolks, and consumers. This program mentioned by President Duterte during his last Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) falls under the “Whole of Nation” approach, which Robredo said she is also supportive of. “We support the whole of nation approach. But a true whole nation approach should be directed toward a common goal,” she said. The lady official is also keeping her faith on the goodness and capability of Filipinos in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “It is not wishful thinking to dream that we can also achieve what Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and New Zealand have achieved….We can also do this. We have the right skills, we should have sufficient resources. We have what it takes,” she said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Hasten ‘Ambo’ aid, victims cry

Typhoon “Ambo” (international name: Vongfong) has damaged at least P185 million in produce, affected almost 41,000 farmers in three regions, and left a wide swath of destruction that displaced thousands and claimed four lives in Eastern Visayas. “While we are afraid of this (new coronavirus disease) COVID-19, I am more afraid that our people will […] The post Hasten ‘Ambo’ aid, victims cry appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

DA sets aside P1 billion for lending to COVID-affected farmers

The Department of Agriculture has allocated an initial P1 billion in loans for farmers and fisherfolks to help them cope amid the coronavirus disease pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

DA allocates P1.8-B projects for ZamboSur farmers, fisherfolks

By Gideon C. CorguePAGADIAN CITY, February 6 (PIA)- The Department of Agriculture (DA) gave cash aid and distributed farm machineries to rice farmers who were affected by the low buying pric.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

DA allocates P1.8-B projects for ZamboSur farmers, fisherfolks

By Gideon C. CorguePAGADIAN CITY, February 6 (PIA)- The Department of Agriculture (DA) gave cash aid and distributed farm machineries to rice farmers who were affected by the low buying pric.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

DA Lines Up Agri-Fishery Support to Typhoon-Stricken Farmers in Aklan and Capiz

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar pledged immediate interventions to the farmers and fisherfolk affected by the recent devastation of Typhoon Ursula in the different towns in Capiz and Aklan. About P169 million losses in the agri-fishery sector in Region 6 were reported and validated by the Department of Agriculture (DA) as of December 30. Of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2020

Fishers appeal for aid after P587 million worth of livelihood destroyed by Ursula

“The best gift that the typhoon-affected farmers and fishers could receive this holiday is for them to return to their wheels of production.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2019

INFOGRAPHIC | DSWD helps 15,000 people affected by typhoon Ferdie in Batanes

INFOGRAPHIC | DSWD helps 15,000 people affected by typhoon Ferdie in Batanes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 19th, 2016

Help where it is needed

Much-needed help has been extended to those badly affected by typhoon Ulysses in some evacuation centers where the risk of spreading the coronavirus is higher......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News12 hr. 11 min. ago

Catanduanes thanks Red Cross’ vast support for typhoon victims

Philippine Red Cross’ M/V Amazing Grace (PRC photo) MANILA – Nearly a month after the onslaught of Super Typhoons Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses that severely affected around 15,000 families in Catanduanes, local officials have expressed profound gratitude for the Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) numerous assistance hprovided to their constituents. Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua thanked PRC […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated News16 hr. 28 min. ago

Mars and Hershey s accused of avoiding fair pay for cocoa farmers

Two of the world's largest cocoa producers have accused Hershey's and Mars of avoiding paying a bonus that helps boost poor farmers' incomes, and have cancelled sustainability schemes run by the confectionary giants......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 1st, 2020

Isabela typhoon victims receive aid

Typhoon Ulysses severely impacted the country as many Filipinos were affected and continued to be displaced after it made landfall in Luzon two weeks ago......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020