‘Tisoy’ leaves P2-B worth of damage to PH agriculture — DA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 5, 2019   •   1336

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced the overall damage left by Typhoon Tisoy to the country’s agriculture industry.

The DA said almost 21,000 farmers were economically displaced and about 47 hectares of farmland were destroyed by the typhoon.

Among the areas hardest hit were CALABARZON, Bicol, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas Region.

Specifically, mostly damaged were high-value crops such as palay and corn as well as agricultural facilities.

The DA said they are ready to distribute the cash assistance to farmers and fishermen amounting to P181-million.

In other regions, more than 14,000 sacks of palay seeds are ready for distribution to the affected farmers. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Japanese firm proposes AI, robotics systems in Philippine aquaculture, agriculture industries

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Japanese firm Global Trade Venture Company Limited is making a bid to establish concession projects in the Philippines using advanced technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

In a press briefing Thursday (August 5), the group presented five offshore concession projects which they believe would help boost the Philippines’ agriculture and aquaculture industries and the country’s economy, in general.

These offshore concession projects include upgrading of Philippine fish farming industry by using  AI-controlled fish cages assisted by aqua robots; establishment of R&D centers; a digital satellite ground station facility; a regional medical care center; power generation and water processing plants and components; warehouses; dormitory; and other necessary support facility needed for the operation.

The project also boasts of the creation of a global artificial intelligence industrial corridor in the country through a public-private partnership or joint venture agreements.

According to GTV CEO and president Yoshihisa Arai, the estimated cost of the entire project would be $7.5 billion US dollars, with the exact project cost and locations still pending final announcement from local or central governments of the Philippines.

These projects aim at developing an advanced technology-supported type of economy for the Philippines.

The project timeline for construction of the facilities is within the period of 24 months and an operational franchise of 25 to 25 years duration.

“With these advance technologies and techniques in infrastructures and facilities; using AI and IT systems, the Philippine agricultural and aquamarine sectors will boost up the local economy and increase its income in particular, reduce poverty, reverse migration from cities to rural areas, brain gain for our agriculturist and scientist and uplift the economic status of partner LGUs and the Philippine economy in general,” the group said.

DA to impose SRP on imported pork beginning April 9

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be imposing a suggested retail price (SRP) on imported pork which is now cheaper than locally produced meat.

At present, the price of kasim is P270 per kilogram; while liempo costs P350 per kilogram.

Likewise, the DA will require importers and retailers to put proper labeling in each package for easy distinction and for the protection of consumers.

“The DA thru the NMIS-the National Meat Inspection Service will require importers to package their pork, of course, those 2 categories– Liempo or Kasim, into salable packages of 1 kilo or 500 grams,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

Thursday (April 8) is the last day of a two-month implementation of the price cap on pork and poultry meat.

The DA plans to focus on additional strategies to prevent a further spike in the prices of such commodities.

The DA sees a possible importation of pork meat and a lowering of tariff.

But while this strategy remains pending approval, the DA will continue transporting pork from African Swine Fever-free provinces to Metro Manila to stabilize supply.

The agency also sees the repopulation of pigs in ASF-free areas.

“Iyong dati, iyong price cap will not solve the problem. Ang bottom line pa rin ay supply,” noted Dar.

“Price capping is just one of the measures. So to stabilize prices talaga you have to complete those other measures to be in place,” he added.

The DA has allocated P45-M for the procurement of freezers which will be provided to retailers.

A compliance monitoring team will also be created to ensure that retailers are observing and following the SRP.

For its part, the Trade Department hopes that an additional supply of pork will help stabilize the prices.

“I think P320 to P350 hopefully will be the ideal price moving forward. Given maybe the expected supply asahan natin na dyan po iikot ang presyo in a way medyo istable na,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

But for consumers, the implementation of the price cap remains best as they hope to hear the result of the investigation on the alleged manipulation in pork prices as soon as possible.

“Dito sa SRP suggested di ba? Suggested retail prices. So malikot pa rin ang presyo sa palengke,” said the group’s representative Atty. Vic Dimagiba. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DA eyes SRP for pork, chicken after price cap

Marje Pelayo   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) believes that the implementation of the price ceiling has been effective in controlling the prices of pork in the country.

This, even if the P270 to P300 pesos per kilogram price cap was not followed in the past two months.

Prior to the price ceiling, pork products were sold at a staggering P450 pesos per kilogram specifically in February.

“Successful ang overall lahat ng measures towards the price cap at least hindi na umabot ng P400 (per kilo),” noted DA Secretary William Dar.

Now, prices of pork in Metro Manila markets range from P350 to P400 pesos.

The DA is currently looking into setting a suggested retail price after the lifting of the price ceiling for pork and chicken on April 8.

“We are looking at the SRP structure pero wala pa kaming recommendations. We will finalize before April 8,” Dar said.

The DA will also assess if it will continue the transport assistance for hog raisers from provinces delivered in Metro Manila.

A group of dealers and vendors in the Commonwealth market, opposes the setting of SRP but favors the implementation of a price cap.

“Mas lalong walang masusunod na presyo dyan kasi suggested retail price lang yan… pwedeng magkaroon sila ng dayaan mataas ang baboy si ganito, pwedeng magsinungaling,” said meat dealer Toto Rillo.

Meanwhile, the farmgate price of chicken decreased by P40 pesos per kilogram since March 12.

The United Broiler Raiser’s Association said this is the effects of the past holiday season and the reimplementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“May impact na talaga lack of purchasing power nung consumers, down talaga ang economy natin. Ang curfew nila ngayon is 6 o’clock. Malaki nawawala sa demand. kahit yung mga lechon manok apektado,” noted Atty. Bong Inciong of the United Broiler Raiser’s Association (UBRA).

UBRA favors the implementation of SRP provided that prices will be recomputed to reflect the appropriate price.

The group, on the other hand, opposes the implementation of the price ceiling.

“The price cap will be counterproductive because you are distorting the prices. maraming mawawalan ng gana because you are distorting the prices and the incentives to be produce or import to increase supply,” it said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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