Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol assures rice farmers of DA's support amid rice liberalization law during the Mindanaowide Consultation on the drafting of of the Implementing Rules and Regularions (IRR) on Rice Liberalization held February 28 in Davao City.

These include: improving competitiveness of rice farmers thru use of hybrid and next-generation seeds as well as farm inputs; and enhance resiliency to disasters and climate risks.

"In facing this new challenge, we will make sure that our farmers will be protected," Piñol said.

Elite rice varieties to make Ph farmers
competitive amid the influx of imported rice

DA XI Reg’l Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr. (4th from L) leads the unveiling of Malasakit Help Desk. Assisting him are RTD for Operations Marila Corpuz (3rd from R) and RTD for Research and Regulations Angelina Pancho (2nd from R) together with the Division chiefs. Also in photo is John Paul Matuguinas (4th from R), one of the youngest DA XI employees, to symbolize the agency’s youthful idealism and continued commitment to bring agri services to our farmers.

Planting next generation rice varieties could be our best defense against the influx of imported rice.

After it’s launching on Monday at the Department of Agriculture XI (DA-XI) Compound, the Malasakit Help Desk is already in full operation and served its first client from the Philippine National Police (PNP).


In light of reports of plastic-like substances allegedly coating imported mackerels which surfaced in social media, Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-XI) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XI (BFAR-XI) clarified that Davao City is cleared from such issue during a meeting in DA compound on Friday afternoon.

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