DA to compensate hog raisers in Antipolo City after culling operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2019   •   2540

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) will compensate the hog raisers in Barangay Cupang, Antipolo City after conducting culling operations.

Several of the small-time hog raisers complained that their pigs were culled despite being healthy.

In a statement, the DA said they directed the Bureau of Animal Industry to conduct culling operations within the 1-kilometer radius of the infected piggery to prevent the spread of disease.

There were reports in the area that there were pigs that died due to suspected disease.

The city government, meanwhile, promised they will pay P3,000 per seized hogs.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar assured that there is a protocol for every culling operation.

Dar also said the department will also provide assistance to the hog raisers aside from the cash assistance from the city government.

“After this, iyong sakit ay na-control na doon sa lugar. Bibigyan natin ng ayuda (the disease was controlled in that area. We will provide aid),” he said.

The agriculture secretary also said there is still no confirmatory laboratory test results so they will continue implementing the prevention, quarantine, and food safety measures.—AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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DA to use satellite imaging on farms to improve crop insurance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 9, 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA) seeks to launch a program that would use satellite technology to improve crop insurance in the country.

Based on a Memorandum of Agreement signed on Monday (June 8), the program would provide satellite images for several crop farms in Nueva Ecija, Iloilo, and North Cotabato.

The project, with the initial funding support of P5 million, targets to provide satellite imaging for the 100,000 hectares planted with rice and 40,000 hectares planted with various crops within six months.

According to DA Secretary Willam Dar, the program aims to provide farmers with direct and targeted assistance to improve their productivity.

“The traditional source of information which relies heavily on fieldwork will be insufficient in the country. As we modernize our agriculture sector, we must continuously explore for relevant technology to increase sufficiency and productivity,” Dar said.

The program will also improve the DA’s disaster response, Dar added.

The MOA signing was witnessed by the Agriculture Secretary and Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) President Atty. Jovy Bernabe. –AAC

PH has enough rice supply for entire year – DA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2020

Filipino workers carry sacks of government-subsidized rice (NFA Rice) into a store selling various rice brands at a market in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 04 October 2018. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has reassured the public that the country’s rice supply remains sufficient for the entire year “with a comfortable level of inventory.”

“Going into the lean months and onto December 31, 2020, we have enough supply of food, and that includes our major staple – rice,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“We remain consistent that our total projected supply of rice by end of December 2020 would be 17.994 million metric tons (MMT), while our total projected demand would be 14.668 MMT, leaving a year-end inventory of 3.326 MMT,” he added.

With these projections, Dar said that the beginning inventory in January 2021 is seen to last for 94 days.

The DA estimated the projected 2020 year-end supply using three components, namely:

  • Beginning stock in January 2020 or the surplus in December 2019;
  • Total domestic palay production, from January to December 2020; and
  • Total rice imports, January to December 2020, including the 300,000 MT to be imported by the DTI’s Philippine International Trading Corp. under a government-to-government arrangement

The DA said that the respective figures are gathered by its field operations service (FOS) from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Bureau of Customs (BOC) on rice imports, other relevant government agencies, and DA regional field offices (RFOs) in tandem with local government units (LGUs), on palay production.

The PSA’s supply utilization accounts of selected agricultural commodities showed that, of the total rice demand, an average of only 88% serves as food or what is actually eaten, the remaining 12% is allotted for seeds, feeds and industrial uses.

“Hence, of the total projected demand of 14.488 MMT, the actual rice that would be consumed as food would only amount to 12.9 MMT,” the department said.

Citing PSA report, the DA said that a Filipino consumes a total of 118.81 kilograms annually, equivalent to 325.5 grams of milled rice daily.

With a current population of 108.66 million Filipinos, the country’s total annual consumption would amount to 12.9 MMT.

“We hope this will clarify issues on our rice supply, demand, and consumption situation. Again, we assure the nation that the DA is doing its best to secure the country with enough and affordable food for all. Our programs to make this happen are already in place to help our farmers and fisherfolk,” Dar said.

The DA chief made the clarification following concerns on food supply amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

DA eyes transporting pork products from Mindanao to stabilize supply, prices

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is planning to transport surplus pork products in Mindanao to Visayas and Luzon to help stabilize the supply and prices of pork in Metro Manila and other areas.

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said they are looking at an initial volume of 1,700 metric tons (MT) of pork from Davao and General Santos City that are available for immediate transport to Visayas and Luzon.

Dar said they are now coordinating with hog raisers in Mindanao regarding the matter.

“This is a welcome development as relayed by DA Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña, who was tasked to coordinate with hog raisers and logistics providers in Mindanao to bring surplus pork to where it is most needed in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon and Visayas,” the DA chief said.

Laviña said hog raisers in Davao have committed to ship their surplus pork at 500 MT a month, while those in General Santos and Cagayan de Oro could ship 3,000 MT monthly.

“However, we are confronted with a few challenges in transporting frozen pork, including other food and fishery products, from Mindanao to Visayas and Luzon, but we are addressing them swiftly in direct consultation with concerned local government units,” Dar said.

The DA chief did not specify the challenges he mentioned but he emphasized the agency’s advocacy for the unhampered movement of pork due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

He also assured that pork products from Mindanao are of good quality and are free from African Swine Fever (ASF).

“We continue to strictly enforce the biosecurity and quarantine measures to effectively manage, contain and control ASF, and prevent it from spreading to Visayas and Mindanao that are free from the dreaded swine disease,” Dar said.

The DA chief likewise reiterated that the country has enough supply of pork for the second and third quarters of 2020.

However, the country is forecasted to have a pork deficit by the end of the year.

“Right now our pork sufficiency is 93 percent, as we forecast a deficit by the end of the year, at 31 days,” he said.

“In lieu of pork, we enjoin consumers to shift to other protein sources like chicken, as we have an abundant supply of up to 233 days or till August 2021,” Dar said.

He also called on local government units in Luzon to consider buying chicken and eggs, and other produce to help local farmers, fishers, and poultry raisers.

“Now, more than ever, is the time to help farmers and fishers by buying directly from them, and selling their produce — like palay, corn, vegetables, fruits, hogs and chickens, and fish, among others — at affordable prices to consumers through regular outlets like Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita,” he said.

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