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May 26, 2020 @ 11:00

Group lauds PH gov’t for ‘calibrated’ rice importation

The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) has lauded the Department of Agriculture (DA) for balancing rice imports, which resulted to improved palay prices.

SINAG Chair Rosendo So said that prices have improved to P18.50 per kilogram for wet palay and P22.00 per kilogram for dry palay, attributing this to less rice importation this year.

Records of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) showed that from January to April, rice imports went down from 1.5 million metric tons (MT) in the same period last year to 765,854.64 MT.

“It all boils down to the calibration of rice imports by the Secretary of DA,’ So said.

However, he still said that the country’s economic team should refocus its policies on local production.

“We need more budget for DA to improve our irrigation facilities and other infrastructures supportive to the agricultural industry,” So said.


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