PH imports minimal rice in 2013
Subscribe Now June 27, 2013 at 04:43pm
The Philippines this year imports very minimal rice supply, far below than what was imported in 2010, said Department of Agriculture National Rice Program coordinator Asst. Sec. Dante S. Delima.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the Kadagayaan Festival in Tagum City, Delima revealed that government this year targets to import only 187,000 metric tons (MT) of rice which is far lesser than the 2.4 million MT that it bought in 2010.
He cited this year’s rice import figure as just a six-day rice supply inventory considering, “Filipinos consume daily an average of 35,000 MT of rice.”
“Dapat mahibaw-an sa mga Filipino farmers nga sila na ang nagpakaon sa katawhang Filipino (The Filipino farmers should know that they are the ones feeding the nation.),” he said.
When divided among the three million Filipino rice farmers, the 187,000 MT rice imports of the country mean each of them should produce five kilos more on top of their current rice production capacity.
To produce more, Delima pointed out the need to irrigate more production areas, even just half of the three-million hectare potential rice development area.
He also revealed the budget of P5 billion this year of the P75 billion requirement for farm-to-market road projects nationwide.
He said DA is facing great challenge as the national government is banking on the agriculture sector to drive inclusive growth especially in the countryside area.
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