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TS Henry, Inday leave P500M-worth of damage in agriculture, fisheries – DA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol on Monday (July 23) revealed more than half a billion pesos worth of damage in agriculture and fisheries brought about by tropical cyclones “Henry” and “Inday.”

According to a report from DA’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center on Sunday (July 22), the total amount of damage in figure is estimated at P565.19 million.

On his latest social media post, Piñol said the rice sector suffered P428.03 million. Over 26,000 hectares of rice paddies were recorded in Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampang, Tarlac, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Occidental Mindoro, Negros Occidental, and Aklan. The estimated production loss is at 314 metric tons.

Meanwhile, damages in the country’s fish production and facilities amounted to a total of P136.16 million  including fishing gears and paraphernalia in Cordillera Autonomous Region, Regions 1, 2 and Calabarzon.

According to Piñol, affected rice farmers will be provided with rice seed buffer-stocks to recover from their losses. DA also promised assistance to affected fishermen. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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Farmers to benefit from rice tariffication – Sec. Piñol

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) eyes a number of benefits for farmers should the rice tariffication bill pushes through.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said they estimated that if the Philippines would import around two million metric tons of rice under the proposal, about 40% tariff would be collected which is equivalent to US$400 million or P21.6 billion a year.

If the rice industry would have its share from the collected amount, DA would increase its support to local farmers.

 “Ililibre namin ang binhi ng farmer. Iyong magandang binhi para ma-doble ang kanilang produksyon, abono, and even subsidized farm machinery and equipment. If that happens then our farmer would be able to improve their productivity, increase the production and lower the cost of production,” said the Agriculture Secretary.

Secretary Piñol stressed that it is the rice industry that would benefit from rice tariffication as it does not cover other agri products such as corn. It also does not apply to the fisheries sector which may benefit from easy access to credit.

Piñol clarified, however, that though the measure would reduce rice prices by P1.00 per kilogram, it is not a way to cut down rice prices in markets.

Rice tariffication, according to Piñol, is primarily to protect Filipino rice farmers against the influx of imported rice. He added that the buying price of rice is at P22 to P24.

“Kaya kami sa rice industry sa Department of Agriculture hindi kami takot sa sinasabi nila na pag-lift ng QR (dahil) babahain tayo ng bigas,” Piñol said.

Secretary Piñol condemned reports of rice hoarding and assured the public of enough rice supply in the country. – Cathy Maglalang / Marje Pelayo

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DA to provide financial aid to calamity-affected farmers, fishers in Pangasinan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018

PANGASINAN, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) readies financial assistance to small farmers and fishers in the province of Pangasinan.

The province remains under a state of calamity following days of nonstop rains due to the onslaught of tropical storms and monsoon rains.

For this reason, DA is readying its Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) facility and the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance Program for the farmers and fisherfolk, whose livelihoods were affected by the typhoons.

Under the PLEA, an eligible farmer or fisher can avail of up to P50,000 while under the SURE, calamity-affected small farmers and fishers can avail of survival assistance grants of up to P10,000 for immediate and emergency needs.

SURE also provides zero-interest recovery assistance loans of up to PHP25,000 to farmers and fishers for rehabilitating their operations.

DA is now awaiting the local government of Pangasinan’s list of calamity-affected small farmers and fishers to estimate how much SURE funding to allocate for them.

During his visit to calamity-affected provinces, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol noted that the biggest damage of the recent storms was recorded in Region 3, particularly in Tarlac and Pangasinan which reached to about P1.2 billion worth of crops.

On his Facebook account on Friday (July 27) Piñol said the DA has started turning over P81 million worth of seeds to calamity-hit farmers and fishers as part of the agency’s agri-fisheries relief and rehabilitation efforts in Pangasinan. – Bryan Lacanlale / Marje Pelayo

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SRP on rice, agri products takes effect in Metro Manila

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Department of Agriculture’s (DA) list of suggested retail prices (SRP) for rice and other agricultural products has taken effect Monday (June 25) in Metro Manila markets.

The administrative order was released Monday as announced by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Friday (June 22).

Together with the DA, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the local government units will take charge of the monitoring on the proper implementation of the SRP.

“Iyong SRP ay ang benchmark mo. Puwede kang bumaba, hindi ka puwedeng tumaas ng more than 10%. Kasi kapag tumaas ka ng 10% over the prevailing SRP, you could be charged with profiteering. Ibig sabihin, nananamantala ka,” said Piñol in an ambush interview during Monday’s 120th-anniversary celebration of the agency.

He cited as an example price adjustment in rice which has an SRP of P39. This means that a retailer may only sell ordinary regular milled rice not cheaper than P39, but not higher than P42.90, given the 10% ceiling.

Secretary Piñol, meanwhile, vows to look into the concerns of market vendors regarding the newly released SRP. In an interview with UNTV News, garlic retailer Norma Santos was worried as she would lose a huge income given that the price of local garlic is now P300 per kilo as compared to the SRP of P120.

“Kung bibigyan nila kami ng ganoong presyo, tapos mahal ang bili namin, lugi kami,” said Santos.

Piñol assured, “We will check that because hindi naman ganoon kataas sa farm gate.”  – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

Suggested Retail Price* (SRP) effective June 25, 2018
(in Metro Manila only)

– Ordinary Regular Milled Rice – P39/kilo;

– Milkfish (medium to big size 2 to 5 pieces) – P150/kilo

– Tilapia (medium-size 6 pieces) – P100/kilo

– Galunggong (medium-size 11 to 20 pcs) – P140

– Red Onion – P95/kilo

– White Onion – P75/kilo

– Garlic (imported) – P70/kilo

– Garlic (local) – P120/kilo

Source: Department of Agriculture

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