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Import quota issue a concern for rice farmers

Provincial officials here want the national government to reveal safety nets that would shield rice farmers from the adverse effects of the lifting of the rice import quota that starts this coming June.

While security officials of the current and next administrations are finding means and ways to curb Abu Sayyaf-led atrocities in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi (BaSulTa), incoming agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has delved on vital measures to economically capacitate the people of the three island provinces.

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Still holding on to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of free irrigation to farmers, incoming Agriculture chief Emmanuel Piñol has threatened to fire National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief if he fails to release the water that will help irrigate farms ahead of La Niña.

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No urgent need to import rice – Piñol

The Philippines, one of the world’s biggest rice buyers, has no urgent need to import rice for now given ample domestic supply, incoming agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol said yesterday.

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