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PCA launches industry roadmap for coco farmers

 June 30, 2021

MANILA–The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) on Wednesday launched its first-ever Coconut Farmers’ and Industry Roadmap (Coco-FIRM) during its 48th Anniversary Celebration, four months after the signing of Republic Act No. 11524 or the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act… Read More

New PCA Board prioritizes creation of Coco Industry Dev’t Plan

 March 19, 2021

MANILA–The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA) bared that its newly reconstituted Board has agreed to prioritize the crafting of Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan (CFIDP).DA-PCA Administrator Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. on Friday said the CFIDP, which will be… Read More

Reconstituted PCA Board holds inaugural meet

The government representatives of the reconstituted board of the Philippine Coconut Authority held its first official meeting on March 15, 2021. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, the PCA Board chairperson presided over the meeting.

By virtue of Republic Act No. 11524, otherwise known as the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act, the PCA Board is now composed of the following:

  1. Secretary of the Department of Agriculture as Chairperson;
  2. Secretary of the Department of Finance as Vice-Chairperson;
  3. Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management as Member;
  4. Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry as Member;
  5. Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology as Member; and
  6. Administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority as Member;

In addition to the above-listed board members, three (3) coconut farmer representatives – one each from the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, will also join the PCA Board. As provided for in the law, ‘they shall be appointed by the President from a list of four nominees for each island grouping.’ These farmer-representatives will be selected through a nomination and selection process in consultation with their respective organizations or associations.Read More


Senate to investigate syndicate

Dar orders probe into ‘tongpats’ scheme

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 March 16, 2021

MANILA – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar has ordered a probe into a syndicate that is allegedly involved in a money-making scheme within the department.Dar made the directive after Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday pushed for Senate inquiry into a syndicate that stands to… Read More

Also Read: Dar enjoys Duterte’s trust, confidence: Palace

DA, MinDA break ground for P14-M food terminal in Bukidnon

FOOD TERMINAL. With Northern Mindanao’s tallest peak, Mount Kitanglad, in the background, officials of the Department of Agriculture and Mindanao Development Authority lead the groundbreaking for the PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday (Dec 10, 2020). The facility in Brgy. Miarayon is designed to store harvested crops by farmers to avoid profit loss during seasonal changes. (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)

 December 11, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) broke ground for PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday.

DA-Region 10 (DA-10) Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said the facility will include cold… Read More

AGGIE CHIEF DAR: ‘Don’t panic, we have enough food’

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured the public that there is enough food in public markets and through outlets of DA-initiated “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita,” and “FishDA on the Go” as some areas in Metro Manila are placed under community quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

dont panic“We call on the general public to buy only their daily or weekly food requirements and refrain from overstocking or panic buying,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement on Friday.
“We at the Department of Agriculture will ensure the sufficient and continuous supply of basic necessities and perishable commodities, and make these available in public markets, and Kadiwa stores for the benefit of all family households, particularly in depressed communities,” he added.
He said he current inventory of rice at various National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses nationwide is good for at least 80 days.
“It will be further augmented by the incoming palay harvest this current dry season, providing additional stocks for another two to three months,” Dar said, noting that rice stocks held by private sector and households would be good for nine months.
Under the Food Resiliency Action Plan, Dar said the DA has gathered the initial commitments of the private sector and DA regional offices to amply supply the needs of Metro Manila residents.
He said the plan includes the strategic positioning and efficient distribution of basic food commodities, including the monitoring of suggested retail prices of the same in public markets in Metro Manila.
Other than rice, the other basic food items include pork, chicken, eggs, other poultry products, fish, vegetables, fruits, sugar, cooking oil, and other coconut by-products.
The action plan will be further expanded and updated in partnership with the private industry, local government units, and farmers’ and fishers’ groups.
Dar said this is also an opportune time for Metro Manilans to consider engaging in food production via urban gardening or aquaculture in their respective backyards, verandas, rooftops, and designated areas in the barangay, school or community. (PR)

Duterte orders DA to suspend rice importation

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered the Department of Agriculture (DA) to suspend rice importation saying that it is currently harvest season for local rice.


Duterte said he decided to suspend rice imports because there was no other “remedy” to ease the effects of the Rice Tariffication Law which led to lower farm gate prices of palay.
“What is the other remedy? Nothing. I cannot stop tariffication,” Duterte said in a media interview in Malacañang late Tuesday night.
He said the law helped prevent corruption because it pushed for tariffs instead of import quotas.
The President said he had no problem losing billions of pesos from government funds to buy rice from local farmers if only to help them sustain their livelihood.
“Malugi? Lugi tayo. Pilipino? Malugi. Ilang bilyon? Three billion? Lugi tayo ng three billion. Bakit? Para ang farmers mabuhay. Kaninong gastos? Gastos natin lahat (What if we suffer losses? How many billions? Three billion? Why? So that farmers can live. Who will be spending? Us),” Duterte said.
Duterte urged Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Congress to “appropriate money” allowing the government to buy all the rice.
“You appropriate money and we will buy all the rice, farmgate price ng ating (of our) farmers,” Duterte said.
The President did not say how long his order to suspend rice imports would be in place.
Importation still needed
However, Duterte also emphasized how the importation of rice was necessary to keep the country’s supply of rice stable.
“Kung panahon kung wala na, kung hindi ako mag-import kagaya nung nangyari, wala na (When the time comes there’s no more rice if we don’t import like before, there won’t be any more supply),” he said.
Duterte said the producers’ failure to accurately predict how much rice to produce was one of the reasons why there is a lack of supply.
He noted that factors such as climate change and natural calamities made it difficult to predict whether or not there would be enough supply for harvest time.
Farmer groups have called for the law’s amendment or repeal claiming that they have incurred huge losses from being unable to compete with cheaper imported rice.
With the Rice Tariffication Law, the Philippines has become the top global importer of rice for 2019, according to the latest report of the United States Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agriculture Services (USDA-FAS).
The USDA-FAS has projected the country’s rice imports to reach a record 3 million metric tons (MT) by year-end—the highest in the world and the highest for the country while China is expected to import 2.5 million MT.
Earlier, Duterte apologized to local rice farmers over low prices of palay but insisted on the necessity of importing rice to avoid a “food crisis”.
The DA meanwhile assured to utilize the PHP10-billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund to help farmers affected by the implementation of rice tariffication. (PNA)