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Revamp favors PH agriculture

Revamp favors PH agriculture

THE recent revamp placing the National Food Authority (NFA), the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) makes good sense, management-wise.

The House of Representatives yesterday ordered the inspection of 13 rice warehouses suspected of hoarding cheaper rice sourced from the National Food Authority.

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Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel Piñol said there is now a surplus of 2.7 million metric tons of locally produced rice, as a result of last year’s record palay production of 19.4 million metric tons, the biggest in history. At least 2.7 million tons of his record harvest remains to this day. And now, for the first three months of this year, the DA expects a harvest of 3.1 million metric tons – for a total of 5.8 million metric tons.

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The National Food Authority Council yesterday vowed to file economic sabotage charges against immoral hoarders, NFA Council chairperson and Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco said, as he announced that the standby authority to import 250,000 metric tons of rice has been approved.

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The government has assured the country’s rice situation was “under control,” promising it would prevent any shortage of the food staple.

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If rice prices start moving up in the coming weeks, it will be because our officials are still debating on whether our farmers are already producing enough for our consumers or we still have to import hundreds of thousands of tons of rice from Thailand and Vietnam.

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