Philippines

14 August 2017
The City Government of Davao will look into developing organic farming as a long-term solution to the decreasing volume of fruit produced in the city due to climate change. During the Durian Festival launch at the SM Lanang Premier event grounds on August 11, City Councilor Marissa Abella said they discovered that organically-grown fruits are much more resilient with climate changes and excess rain as compared to those grown using synthetic fertilizers. During the Durian Festival launch at the… Read more
10 July 2016
MANILA, Philippines - Few Filipino brands could ever reach the same iconic status as Manny Pacquiao, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, or a jeepney. But, without a doubt, a red and yellow bee promising Yumburgers and Chickenjoy has been the provisional ambassador for our country’s cuisine to the rest of the world. It took Jollibee only four decades to grow from a tiny mom-and-pop ice cream shop in Cubao into a globally recognized fast-food brand with 1,000 stores in the Philippines, and… Read more
26 July 2017
MANILA, Philippines - Six companies from Southeast Asia will likely supply the 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice as part of the planned government to private sector (G2P) importation scheme to boost the country’s dwindling buffer stock. During the bidding conducted yesterday, state-run National Food Authority (NFA) announced that four companies from Vietnam, one from Singapore and one from Thailand submitted the lowest bids for the procurement of the 250,000 MT. There were 21 companies… Read more
7 July 2017
MANILA, Philippines — The government is set to import a total of 250 thousand metric tons of rice amounting to P5.6 billion. The National Food Authority (NFA) has now opened the bidding process to private exporters here and abroad because the NFA council has  approved the “government to private” importation scheme. Common foreign bidders include Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Pakistan. “The council said having more bidders will make the process more… Read more
By Sonny Pasiona4 July 2017
PhilRice’s food scientists found that lees, a residue from tapuy (Philippine rice wine), is an alternative nutrient-rich ingredient to baked food products. In a study by Rosaly Manaois and Amelia Morales, results showed that rice wine lees significantly improves the protein and dietary fiber content of brownies, a popular Filipino snack food. This finding comes from the paper, Nutritional and sensory quality of brownies supplemented with Tapuy (Philippine Rice Wine)… Read more
By Mary Grace Nidoy12 July 2017
A PhilRice study found that unpolished pigmented rice (red or black rice) has high phytochemical contents and health-promoting properties making it a healthier alternative to white rice. In the study titled Healthier red and black rice: Not your ordinary staple food, 45 red rice and 25 black rice varieties collected from various provinces in the country were compared with white rice (Enolayan variety). They were characterized in terms of proximate composition, phytonutrients, and… Read more
By Erwin Nicavera18 July 2017
AGRICULTURE officials of Thailand have expressed willingness to help the Philippines improve its food safety program through more benchmarking activities. Sanchai Tontyaporn, advisor to the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards of Thailand, said the bid to boost food safety should start with good agricultural practices (GAP). Tontyaporn spoke about the Thai government's role in ensuring food safety in their country during the 2nd National Conference on Food Safety at… Read more
17 July 2017
DAVAO Region is generally an agriculture-based economy but the region's agriculture sector has been growing slowly in the past couple of years. "While Davao Region’s economy is largely agriculture-based, the growth of its Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (AFF) remained to be the slowest among the sectors and its farmers and fishermen remained to be the poorest among the basic sectors," the Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP) 2017 to 2022 states. The sector only grew by 1 percent… Read more
By Louise Maureen Simeon12 July 2017
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture is blacklisting 43 garlic importers over the resurgence of an alleged cartel on the commodity that has prompted a spike in local prices. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will issue an administrative order that will ban 43 importers who were supposed to bring in a total of 70,000 metric tons (MT) of garlic for the first six months of 2017 but only imported 19,000 MT. "A total of 43 traditional importers of garlic who were… Read more
9 July 2017
MANILA, Philippines - A study conducted in Region XII, particularly in North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Maguindanao, shows that applying good agricultural practices (GAP) reduces pests and diseases of Lakatan and Cardaba.  The study, “Enhanced productivity of Lakatan and Saba/Cardaba in Region 12,” was realized through the collaboration of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU), and Cotabato City State Polytechnic College… Read more
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