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Big rice mess, due to Alcala, Calayag

March 4, 2014

Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala is one of Noynoy Aquino’s Cabinet favorites. That’s because, as the President likes, Alcala reports solutions, not problems. But the boss is in for a big letdown soon. That’s when he finds out that Alcala has created a looming rice crisis – for which there are no quick solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rice farming – high tariffs, smuggling and protectionist domestic policies

February 12, 2014

Last week, I made the point that smuggling, corruption and protectionist policies are almost the same thing. Where one of these activities is prevalent, chances are it is because the other two elements are also there as partners in misconduct. Read the rest of this entry »

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Group warns of impending rice shortage

September 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The country has only 18 days’ supply of rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) and even less stocks for commercial rice, according to a party-list lawmaker. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rice import target for 2013 set at 100,000 MT

July 6, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The government is projecting a rice importation range of zero to 100,000 metric tons in 2013 on expectations of better palay yield in the second half of the year. Next year, the government is also expected to lay down the ground work for rice exportation. Read the rest of this entry »

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2012 rice sufficiency goal attainable – Department of Agriculture

June 18, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is optimistic that it will attain its rice sufficiency program goal for 2012 with the building of more irrigation systems across the country this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rice sufficiency seen next year

April 2, 2012

ALTHOUGH the Philippines was the world’s biggest rice importer in 2010, the country may no longer have to import rice next year as government officials are confident that rice sufficiency will be attained by the end of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alcala studying higher palay price

February 20, 2012

The Agriculture Department will take appropriate measures and convene the National Food Authority council to address the demand of peasant groups to increase the food agency’s buying price of palay from P17 to P20 a kilo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Full-blown investigation sought into rice import

February 17, 2012

A farmer-turned lawmaker has asked the House committee on agriculture and food to conduct a full-blown congressional investigation in aid of legislation into the massive rice importation, irregularities and other anomalies in the trade which allegedly defrauded the government some P1 billion in taxes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Govt may reduce rice imports to 100,000 MT

February 11, 2012

The Philippines may cut rice imports to about 100,000 tons in 2013, Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima told reporters Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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RP still importing rice, belies Noy claim

December 7, 2011

It seems President Aquino is plucking economic policies out of the air as the National Food Authority (NFA) indicated the country will have to import an initial 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice next year against Aquino’s claim before the recent Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum in Hawaii. Read the rest of this entry »