Farmers’ group cites PH’s ample supply of rice

Published May 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

A worker carries a sack of imported rice inside a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in Quezon City, Metro Manila. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside / MANILA BULLETIN)
A worker carries a sack of imported rice inside a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in Quezon City, Metro Manila.
(REUTERS/Darren Whiteside / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

By Rizal Obanil

The chairman of an agriculture group said that the government’s recent move to import 300,000 metric tons of rice from Vietnam does not mean that there’s rice shortage in the country.

 

In an interview Tuesday over Teleradyo, Rosendo So, chairman of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) said: “No cause for alarm. Ang stock natin umaabot pa nang 90 days. (Our stock can last up to 90 days).”

He also said that the importation was done merely as contingency measure to boost rice supply in Metro Manila.

The 90-day supply, So said, acts as a buffer in case an actual rice shortage happens.

For its part, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has made assurances on ample supply of rice in the country during the pandemic lockdown period.

Rice among other basic commodities is often part of the relief goods being distributed to residents in Metro Manila who have been forced to stay at home because of the enhanced community quarantine.

 
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