19 June 2017
The National Food Authority (NFA) assures the public that there is no proof that fake rice is being sold in Philippine markets at present. The agency conducts daily monitoring of the rice market situation and has not found any adulterated or unusual rice stocks in any of the markets covered. Nevertheless, reports in social media showing alleged fake or plastic rice are being verified by… Read more
16 June 2017
The National Food Authority (NFA) has assured that rice prices in Marawi City and the whole of Mindanao remain stable in the wake of reports that commercial rice is being sold as high as P225 per kilogram or P5,000 per sack. Continuous market monitoring by the NFA in the whole of Mindanao showed that there is little increase in the prices of rice at only P1/kg to P2/kg in some areas. In… Read more
13 June 2017
Covering 57 hectares across three regional sites in Iloilo, Aurora and Southern Leyte, the demo plots were established as a core component of Better Rice Initiative ASIA (BRIA) in the Philippines training curriculum for extension intermediaries and smallholder farmers. The demo plots served as learning sites to contextualize lessons in the training of trainers (ToT) and farmer field schools… Read more
By Reianne Quilloy and Carlito Balingbing5 June 2017
The swampy land areas of South Sumatera, Palembang are poised to become the next rice granary in Indonesia. Recently, to step up the region’s agricultural productivity, local extension professionals, farmers, and students were trained on the use of laser-assisted land leveling and tractor driving in Palembang. Marto Suwarno, local owner of a 3-hectare rice-corn farm and leader of… Read more
13 June 2017
The National Food Authority (NFA) has already released a total of 7,592 bags of rice as of June 5, 2017 to various relief-giving agencies and organizations for distribution to the victims of the crisis in Marawi City. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 has withdrawn 600 bags from NFA Misamis Oriental; 3,600 bags from NFA Maguindanao; and 1,867 bags from NFA Gen… Read more
By Jessa Jael S. Arana9 June 2017
Four years after the Republic Act No. 10611 or the Food Safety Act (FSA) of 2013 was signed into law, UPLB convened experts and representatives of stakeholders to discuss readiness and capacity of the latter for its implementation. This is through the first National Food Safety Conference entitled “Institutional capacity and readiness to implement the Philippine Food Safety Act&rdquo… Read more
28 April 2017
There is a peculiar reason why the Rose Kambingan Kainan in Sapang, Jaen, Nueva Ecija is a long-time favorite of its loyal customers. Aside from their delectable goat meat-based dishes, the humble restaurant is known for serving the best variety of rice – soft, white, and steamy. In a day, the restaurant cooks 25kg of rice from 7AM to 8PM. Cashier Epifania Ramos identifies NSIC Rc160 and… Read more
By Matty Demont and Reianne Quilloy7 June 2017
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Upgrading rice value chains to make them more sustainable involves identifying new markets for the byproducts that are generated along the way. Technological upgrading in rice farming, for example, can bring in new challenges. While mechanized rice harvesting eliminates the back-breaking work of traditional harvesting, accomplishing it in a shorter time leaves even… Read more
By Mary Ann Burac7 June 2017
With the goal to achieve a rice-secure Philippines, the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is working with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on various initiatives and interventions to improve the country's rice productivity, the latest involving water use efficiency.Under the national rice program, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and IRRI are undertaking a… Read more
By Matilde V. Maunahan5 June 2017
The Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC) was given the Outstanding Institution Award by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). NRCP gives the award to institutions that have supported and contributed to the growth and development of basic sciences, humanities, and arts in the Philippines. PHTRC was commended by NRCP for being the only Philippine… Read more
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