Philippine Department of Agriculture – Tokyo
Prized marbled wagyu at crossroads as industry shifts focus to fat quality

Prized marbled wagyu at crossroads as industry shifts focus to fat quality

Evaluating wagyu beef for its quality of fat, rather than its quantity, is a growing trend in the livestock industry. At Japan’s largest wagyu fair, held in October, a new category was established to focus on “fat quality,” which is believed to be the key to taste and tenderness. Behind the move is saturation of […]

Young students pledge to be “RICEponsible”

Young students pledge to be “RICEponsible”

Sixth grade students from the Raya School Fairview pledged to be “RICEponsible” or to consume rice responsibly during the 20th Ceremonial Rice Harvesting at Rizal Park on November 11, 2022. The event, which was hosted by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and National Rice Program, is part of the 2022 National […]

DA doubles down on “Be RICEponsible” advocacy

DA doubles down on “Be RICEponsible” advocacy

“To show our never-ending support to our rice farmers, we must patronize buying locally produced rice and rice-based products,” Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary for Operations Arnel De Mesa urged. During the Opening of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) Exhibit at DA on November 14, 2022, Assistant Secretary De Mesa highlighted the “Be […]

Tohoku fruit producers look to overseas markets for growth

Tohoku fruit producers look to overseas markets for growth

As Japan’s domestic consumption of goods is set to drop due to a declining population, the government is now turning to overseas markets for the nation’s farm products, aiming to expand annual agricultural exports to ¥5 trillion in 2030. Fruits produced in Japan, which are highly valued worldwide, could be the key to increasing exports. […]

Rice farmers nationwide to receive more fertilizer aid

Rice farmers nationwide to receive more fertilizer aid

Following the directives of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Department of Agriculture (DA) is gearing up for the efficient distribution of additional fertilizer assistance that will support rice farmers nationwide. Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban convened the Regional Executive Directors and Rice Program coordinators of the DA-Regional Field Offices (RFOs) on November 10, 2022 to discuss […]

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