NFA in R-12 targets purchase of 685,000 bags of palay

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 September) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) in Region 12 (Southwestern Mindanao) is targeting to purchase some 685,000 bags of...

NFA-South Cot assures enough funds for palay procurement

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/21 September) – The National Food Authority (NFA) in South Cotabato today assured it has enough funds to accommodate the possible surge in...

South Cot asks DA for swift rehab of irrigation systems

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 September) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has asked the Department of Agriculture (DA) to prioritize the immediate rehabilitation of...

Purisima: “we’re for responsible mining”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 September) -- The Aquino administration welcomes mining companies in the country but only if they are “responsible” ones, Finance...

Davao food exchange terminal to rise in an NDC property in Toril

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 September) -- After being shelved for about a decade, the proposed Davao Food Exchange Terminal project will finally push through to...

Escudero to DBM: keep your hands off rice subsidy budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 September)—Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Friday warned the Department of Budget and Management not to “trifle around” with the rice subsidy...

Palay surplus expected in SoCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 Sept) – Agriculture officials in South Cotabato are targeting a surplus of more than 20,000 metric tons (MT) for its...

Tuna industry seeking deferment of BFAR order on fees

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 Sept) – Tuna industry players here are seeking the immediate deferment and review of the implementation of an administrative order...

NFA SouthCot allots P5M for palay procurement

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 Sept) – The National Food Authority (NFA) in South Cotabato has allocated an initial P5 million for its palay procurement...

E-trading for Mindanao veggie industry urged

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – There is a need for Mindanao’s vegetable industry to go into electronic trading to address marketing problems besetting farmers...

NIA chief Salazar owns outlet supplying NorMin’s fertilizer subsidy program, says FPA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 August) – First, it was the wife of National Irrigation Administration chief Carlos Salazar that appeared as the owner of 3K...

Waling-waling lady now promoting cacao as income earner

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 August) -- After popularizing the rare Waling-waling (Vanda sanderiana), Charita Puentespina is now pushing for another source of income among local...

Pests attack Bukidnon farms as rainy season starts

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 August) – Rains have brought with them pests that now have infested several hectares of farms in Bukidnon planted mostly to...

Del Monte, other agri firms violated labor laws with use of labor contractors —...

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 July) -- Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. told agricultural companies here Monday they have been found to have violated...

Bukidnon Gov wants P-Noy to look into fertilizer scam

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 July) -- Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan said President Benigno Aquino must look into the organic fertilizer subsidy the National Irrigation administration...

Davao City Aggie office to promote agri-tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) -- The City Agriculture office will push for “agriculture tourism” to further boost the economy of the city...

Lantapan to build trading center for veggies

LANTAPAN, Bukidnon  (MindaNews/14 July) --  Lantapan, the “vegetable basket of Northern Mindanao” will soon have its own “bagsakan” (trading center) to ensure farmers earn...

Puentespina Farms pushes for backyard livestock farming

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/6 July) – A family-owned farm company here is pushing for backyard livestock farming among small farmers and even white-collar workers. In a...

Valencia goes organic farming

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/1 July) – The City Government of Valencia is taking a new step in its campaign to convince farmers to go organic...

Sumilao farmers allow Del Monte to harvest pineapples; accept SMC’s corn mill offer

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 June) --  The Sumilao farmers who have fasted and walked thousands of kilometers to get back their 144-hectare land have agreed...

Valencia agriculturist says NIA didn’t coordinate with LGUs

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/26 June) – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) not only lacked the expertise to implement the fertilizer subsidy program, it...

Samples of NIA-distributed organic fertilizers taken as Bukidnon board member alleges scam

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 June)  The Fertilizers and Pesticides Authority (FPA) has taken samples for laboratory testing of organic fertilizers distributed by the National Irrigation...

SouthCot mulls funding catfish production

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – South Cotabato officials are studying the viability of investing on the production of a new catfish variety in the province through partnerships with local fisheries cooperatives and fishpond operators.

Good news for tuna fishers: Indonesia adopts fisheries consortium with RP

HUA HIN, Thailand  (MindaNews/01 March) -- Indonesia has formally adopted a proposed fisheries consortium with the Philippines that will eventually grant Philippine-based tuna fishing vessels access into Indonesia's tuna-rich fishing grounds.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Indonesian President resident Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono accepted the proposed agreement from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the 5th Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Leaders Summit at the Dusit Thani hotel here on Saturday.

Conflict takes its toll on corn production

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / February 27) – Corn production in four provinces in Mindanao went down in 2008 due to the resumption of armed hostilities between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, an official of the Philippine Maize Federation, Inc. said.

NFA boosts rice supply in SouthCot as price of commercial rice rises

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 Feb) – The National Food Authority (NFA) has increased its distribution of cheaper rice supplies in the local markets in South Cotabato and neighboring areas due to the rising prices of commercial rice.

Malaybalay eyes P115-M irrigation project

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 Feb) -- The city government of Malaybalay is willing to shell out at least P57.5 million as counterpart in the estimated P115-million irrigation project under the Department of Agriculture's World Bank-funded infrastructure program.

FPA confirms pullout of endosulfan in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/04 February) -- The Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) has confirmed the complete pull-out of endosulfan by Del Monte Philippines Inc. from its chemicals even ahead of the expiry of its authorization as restricted user, an FPA official said.

Mindanao solons support creation of Philippine Rubber Authority

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / January 23) —Fifty-four congressmen, mostly from Mindanao, signified their support as co-authors to the proposed Philippine Rubber Authority (PhilRA), North Cotabato 2nd district Rep. Bernardo F. Piñol, Jr. said.

Illegal fishers in Tagum City warned

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Fishing in mangrove areas and estuaries as well as using illegal gear in catching freshwater fishes, shrimps and mud crabs are now prohibited here.
Mayor Rey Uy echoed his warning on Friday against violators of fishery laws after destroying and burning 402 illegal fishing gears in simple rites held at the city’s motor pool, in Barangay Apokon.

Bukidnon losing rice, corn lands to cash crops plantations

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / May 16) – Bukidnon is losing its rice and corn farms at alarming rate because of the increasing expansion of banana, pineapple and sugarcane plantations, an agriculture official said.

Disease plagues 60% of cattle in 2 SouthCot towns, Koronadal City

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/03 May) -- Sixty percent of the cattle here and in two towns in South Cotabato are down with ephemeral fever locally known as surra.

Rice prices in R-12 up 28% since Nov. ’07

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 April) – The prices of commercial rice sold in local markets in Region 12 or Southwestern have increased by at least 28 percent or an average of P9 per kilogram since November last year, an official of the National Food Authority (NFA) here said.

NFA files admin charges vs ex NFA manager for North Cot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 April) -- National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Jesus P. Navarro has approved the filing of administrative charges against former NFA North Cotabato provincial manager Anthony Bernad and his assistant manager, Leopoldo Bravo.

Davao City parish sells NFA rice at cheaper price

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – While the price of commercial rice has risen from P25 to P33 per kilo and National Food Authority (NFA) rice sells at P18.25 per kilo, a parish here is selling that same NFA rice at P17.50 per kilo.

Bishop says no to rice from US

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Rice retail outlets that will soon be opened by the Diocese of Marbel here and the neighboring areas will not be selling supplies imported by the National Food Authority (NFA) from the United States due to their possible contamination with genetically modified organisms or GMOs, Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said.

Surplus in Bukinon: palay or rice?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 Apr) – The provincial board has probed agriculture and food officials if the local surplus they are claiming is true only for palay production and not milled rice available in the local market.

Sibugay’s “Unified Fisheries Ordinance” to go operational before yearend

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/20 Apr) -- A unified ordinance for "the management, conservation, utilization and protection of the coastal and marine resources" of 13 coastal towns of the province is expected to be operational before the year ends.

Former NFA North Cot manager declared persona non grata

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/16 April) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of North Cotabato has declared Anthony Bernad, former provincial manager of the National Food Authority (NFA) as persona non-grata for allegedly releasing 17,500 sacks of NFA-North Cotabato rice to traders in neighboring areas.

NFA-NorthCot sets palay price at P17 a kilo

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – For the months of April and May, the National Food Authority (NFA) in North Cotabato will buy clean and dry palay at P17 per kilo based on a memorandum order dated April 3, 2008.

Councilor seeks probe of rice supply situation in Tagum, Davao Norte

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/14 April) --  Citing the people’s right to know whether there is a rice shortage, a city councilor here has called for an inquiry into the situation of rice supply here and in Davao del Norte.

Corn price at its highest, for now

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) -- The buying price of corn is at its highest, at P13.30 per kilo, the provincial manager of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) said.

SouthCot Diocese prepares schemes for rice distribution

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 April) -- Catholic Church leaders here are currently studying various distribution schemes in preparation for the opening of National Food Authority (NFA) rice outlets in local parishes.

NFA claims SouthCot’s rice supply for 2008 is more than enough

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/08 April) – Rice supply in South Cotabato is more than enough to sustain its yearlong consumption, an agriculture official declared.

Group denies conspiring wtih NFA in dubious release of rice

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/08 April) -- A group of grain retailers in North Cotabato today issued a manifesto denying they were involved in the questionable withdrawal of thousands of bags of imported rice from the warehouse of the National Food Authority in the province.

Southwestern Minda eyes 33% increase in palay yield

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 April) --Palay production in Southwestern Mindanao in the second quarter this year is expected to increase 33% more than last year’s, regional agriculture officials said.

Government’s “misdirected and inappropriate” policies to blame for rice crisis – Masipag

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MIndaNews/April 5/Saturday) – Government’s “misdirected and inappropriate” agricultural policies are among the reasons why the country has failed to achieve and sustain rice sufficiency and food security, Dr. Chito Medina, national coordinator of the Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG), said.

NorthCot Gov lays down plan for food security

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / April 4) –  Cotabato Governor Jesus Sacdalan was slated to present today at the National Food Security Summit in Manila the three-point proposal of his administration to manage and develop the province.

NFA South Cot suspends 8 erring rice retailers

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – The National Food Authority (NFA) has suspended at least eight erring rice retailers here as it continues to get rid of dummies and violators among the accredited rice retailers here.

Land conversion blamed for rice crisis

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) -- Land conversion is the number one culprit of the rice crisis the country is facing right now, City Councilor said in a privilege speech.

“The country is better at producing rice than most Asian countries but the indiscriminate conversion of agricultural lands into other uses has negated this distinct advantage,” Avila noted.