Tag: agriculture

Rice prices to rise if imports stopped: ex-economic managers

April 17, 2017

April 12, 2017 MANILA – Rice prices could go up if government bans imports of the staple grain, a trade advocacy group composed of former economic managers said. The Foundation for Economic Freedom also urged President Rodrigo Duterte to liberalize the rice trade by removing the “monopoly” of the National Food Authority on imports. The […]

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Rice shortage, price hike loom – FEF

April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017 Due To Rice Import Suspension MANILA, Philippines – The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) is warning of “significant shortages” and “increased rice prices” in the country following President Duterte’s recent order to suspend rice importation. In a statement issued yesterday, the FEF called on President Duterte to reverse his decision to stop […]

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Stopping rice importation ‘dangerous,’ says public advocacy group

April 17, 2017

April 12, 2017 MANILA – A public advocacy organization is calling on the Duterte administration to rethink its rice importation policy, describing it as “dangerous.” In a statement, the Foundation for Economic Freedom said stopping all rice importation may lead to shortages and increased rice prices. “We believe that neither policy allowing the National Food […]

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Ditch rice policy, gov’t urged

April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017 The government’s policy on rice continues to be stuck on self-sufficiency and a conflicted practice on importation despite recommendations from local economic experts from the government, private sector and the academe as well as international bodies to ditch what is described as “not practical.” “Rice self-sufficiency is neither a desirable nor a practical […]

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FEF participates in Central Luzon Rural Bankers’ Conference

March 5, 2017

The Confederation of Central Luzon Rural Bankers holds their Annual Management Conference with the this year’s theme “Enabling Environment for Farmers and the Rural Banks” last March 2 in Pampanga. Mr. Calixto V. Chikiamco, President of the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), was selected as one of the resource speakers in the conference during the […]

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Rice is what we make of it

October 3, 2016

September 30, 2016   If there is ever a product that most profoundly shaped Philippine politics, economic policy, and international trade, rice (along with sugar) would have to be it. Yet most policy initiatives dealing with rice are sadly defensive. Such, despite the fact, that most Filipinos implicitly profess heavy emotional investment in that little […]

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Figures that would make you want to cry

July 18, 2016

LIKE IT IS by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) July 14, 2016   Look at these numbers: Rice yield in the Philippines is 3.9 metric tons per hectare; in Vietnam it’s 5.6 mt/ha. For corn, it’s 2.9 vs. 4.4; coconut 4.3 vs. 9.7; sugarcane 5.8 vs. 6.5; coffee 0.34 vs. 2.5; cassava 10.9 vs. 17.9. […]

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What Agriculture Needs is Property Rights Reform

July 11, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto V. Chikiamco (Business World Online) July 11, 2016   Number four in President Duterte’s 10-point economic agenda is to “provide support services to small farmers to increase productivity and improve market access. Provide irrigation and better support services to farmers.” Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has said that to implement President Duterte’s directive […]

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Lifting farmers out of poverty

July 7, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (Philippine Star) July 6, 2016   The Duterte administration seems to be genuinely concerned about lifting our farmers out of poverty. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez recently told a group of businessmen that this administration is planning a revolution in agriculture. Sonny, who once had that responsibility as secretary of […]

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Dado, Flight of Tradables and Innovation

April 11, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Raul V. Fabella (Business World Online) April 10, 2016 In one workshop called FIL 2040, Friday, 8 April, organized to ruminate over possible futures for the Philippines which has been mired in the last 40 years, as it were, on south side of mediocrity, I was gladly surprised that Diosdado ‘Dado’ Banatao was […]

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