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Statement of the Department of Agriculture on the appointment of BPI Dir. Clarito Barron as Special Technical Assistant for Field Operations Service
We would like to announce the appointment of Director Clarito M. Barron of the Bureau of Plant Industry as Special Technical Assistant for Field Operations Service starting effectively on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it plans to further reduce rice production risks due to El Niño, especially in upland and rain-fed areas, as part of the strategies of the National Rice Program and the DA’s climate change resiliency and adaptation measures.
Research and Development contributes to 25% yield growth in rice, said the authors of the “Securing Rice, Reducing Poverty” book with the then Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Director and now National Economic and Development Authority Chief Arsenio Balisacan among the authors.
The agriculture ministry of Vietnam refuted accusations that the state-owned companies Vinafood I and Vinafood II had bribed high ranking Philippine government officials to award a contract for the importation of 800,000 tons of rice in April dismissing it as “internal dispute in the Philippines”, reported VNExpress, a Vietnamese online newspaper, over the weekend.
Rice retailer-members of the Alliance of Filipino Farmers and Rice Retailers Associations (AFFRA), composed of farmer organizations and rice retailers’ associations nationwide, have agreed to bring down their rice selling price from P41 to P39 per kilogram effective immediately in the eight major markets south of Metro Manila, namely Muntinlupa, Pateros, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Paranaque, Pasay, Las Pinas and Makati.
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), through Sugar Orders no. 10 and 11 has ordered the reclassification of 90,000 MT of “D” sugar (for export to the World Market) to “B” sugar (for Domestic consumption) last May to bring down sugar prices that started to rise due to an increase in local demand.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for a two-crop cycle for garlic to boost the country’s production of the commodity and ease its dependence on imported supply. Current crop cycle could only support single planting in a year.
The Department of Agriculture said today (June 27) that the pending application for extension of the country’s rice quantitative restrictions (QR) is a measure to ensure food security and give protection to local farmers as it prepares them for global competition.