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Why the Philippines Imports Rice: A Complex Mix of Geography, Demand, and Policy

Why the Philippines Imports Rice: A Complex Mix of Geography, Demand, and Policy

News & Opinion
Rice is more than just a staple food in the Philippines; it's woven into the nation's culture and identity. Yet, despite its significance, the Philippines remains a net rice importer, relying on foreign sources to meet its domestic demand. This reality raises a crucial question: Why does a rice-loving nation like the Philippines need to import rice? The answer is multifaceted, encompassing geographical limitations, evolving demand patterns, and complex policy decisions. Let's delve deeper into these factors to understand the intricacies behind the Philippines' continued rice imports. 1. Geographical Challenges Archipelagic Landscape: Unlike mainland Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand, which have vast, fertile plains and extensive river deltas, the Philippines ...
DA Forms 39 Farm Clusters in Eastern Visayas to Boost Agricultural Production

DA Forms 39 Farm Clusters in Eastern Visayas to Boost Agricultural Production

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TACLOBAN CITY—The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Eastern Visayas recently announced the formation of 39 farm clusters across the region. This marks a significant step forward in implementing the Farm and Fisheries Consolidation and Clustering (F2C2) program, which aims to enhance production and foster sustainable agricultural practices in the area. Rodel Macapañas, the Chief of the DA's Eastern Visayas Field Operations Division, revealed in a phone interview that over half of the validated farm clusters are located in Leyte province, with the remainder distributed across Samar and Southern Leyte provinces. These clusters encompass a diverse range of agricultural activities, including the cultivation of major crops such as corn and rice and the production of high-value crops, livestoc...
Antique Province Urged to Regulate Outbound Shipment of Pork Amid Soaring Prices

Antique Province Urged to Regulate Outbound Shipment of Pork Amid Soaring Prices

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SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Concerns over the rising pork prices in Antique province have prompted officials in the capital town to urge the provincial government to take action. Darcy Bungay, Chief of the Municipal Economic Enterprise and Development Office (MEEDO), reiterated the call to regulate outbound shipments of live hogs to address the escalating pork costs. The appeal, originally submitted as a resolution to Governor Rhodora Cadiao's office on November 9, 2023, seeks to control swine transport outside of Antique. The aim is to stabilize pork supply in local markets amidst the price surge, which has significantly increased from PHP370 to PHP400 per kilogram in just one week. "The sudden spike in pork prices to PHP400 per kilogram on February 26 alarmed Mayor Elmer ...
Why More Farmers Should Grow Morado Purple Corn

Why More Farmers Should Grow Morado Purple Corn

Agriculture, News & Opinion
In the dynamic landscape of agriculture, pursuing healthier food options has gained significant momentum. Health-conscious consumers are not only seeking tasty alternatives but are also prioritizing nutritional value. Innovative crops like East-West Seed’s hybrid Morado F1 purple corn sweet, waxy corn have emerged as game-changers in response to this growing demand. With its vibrant color, anthocyanin content, sweetness, and potential to bolster income, Morado presents an enticing opportunity for farmers, particularly in the Philippines. Meeting the Demand for Healthier Choices Like many others globally, the Filipino market is witnessing a shift towards healthier food choices. A survey by Food Industry Asia revealed that eight out of ten Filipino consumers are increasingly health-conscio...
Maximizing Cassava’s Potential: A Sustainable Solution for Livestock Feed

Maximizing Cassava’s Potential: A Sustainable Solution for Livestock Feed

Agriculture, News & Opinion
Cassava, known scientifically as Manihot esculenta, has been a staple crop in the Philippines for centuries. Despite its versatility and multiple uses, including human consumption, medicinal purposes, and industrial applications, its potential as a feed ingredient for livestock has been largely untapped. While local research dating back to the 1970s and 1980s has highlighted the viability of cassava as a partial replacement for corn in animal feed, the livestock industry has yet to embrace this opportunity fully. This article explores the benefits of utilizing cassava as livestock feed, its current status in the Philippines and globally, and potential strategies to maximize its utilization. Cassava: An Overview Cassava, also known as balinghoy or kamoteng-kahoy locally, is a root cro...
Unlocking the Potential of Jackfruit: A Key Player in Philippine Agriculture

Unlocking the Potential of Jackfruit: A Key Player in Philippine Agriculture

Agriculture, News & Opinion
In the verdant lands of the Philippines, a versatile and resilient fruit tree has long been a staple in local diets and a symbol of cultural heritage—the jackfruit, known locally as "langka." From its humble beginnings as a backyard crop to its potential as a lucrative export commodity, the jackfruit holds a significant place in the country's agricultural landscape, particularly in the Visayas region. Cultural and Culinary Significance Jackfruit is deeply ingrained in Filipino culture as a food source and a versatile ingredient in various culinary creations. Jackfruit cultivation thrives in the Visayas, particularly in Western, Central, and Eastern Visayas, with nearly half of the region's land dedicated to its production. Traditionally, jackfruit trees were grown in backyard gardens, pr...
Nurturing Organic White Corn Farming in Ilocos Norte

Nurturing Organic White Corn Farming in Ilocos Norte

Agriculture, News & Opinion
Corn, an integral part of the Filipino agricultural landscape since the Spanish colonization era, has found a prosperous home in the picturesque region of Ilocos Norte. Among the diverse corn varieties cultivated in this region, organic white corn stands out for its cultural significance, economic viability, and environmental sustainability. This article delves into the nuances of organic white corn farming, exploring its benefits, cultivation techniques, and financial prospects. The Case for Organic White Corn Farming Traditional farming practices rely heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, leading to soil degradation and environmental pollution. White organic corn farming offers a sustainable alternative by emphasizing organic fertilizers and integrated pest management...
Why Onions in the Philippines are So Expensive

Why Onions in the Philippines are So Expensive

Agriculture, News & Opinion
Onions, the humble vegetable found in kitchens worldwide, have a significant presence in the culinary culture of the Philippines. However, despite being a staple ingredient in many Filipino dishes, onions often come with a hefty price tag in local markets. This raises the question: why are onions so expensive in the Philippines? In this article, we'll delve into the layers of this issue to understand the factors contributing to the high cost of onions in the country. Historical Context To understand the current pricing dynamics of onions in the Philippines, it's essential to delve into the country's historical context of onion cultivation and trade. Onions are not native to the Philippines and were introduced during the Spanish colonial period. Since then, they have become integral to Fi...