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PH to be rice sufficient within 2 to 3 years – Piñol

Nov 30, 2016 @ 11:47

The Philippines is expected to be rice sufficient within two to three years time, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Tuesday, November 29.

But there are four things the DA and the country’s need to focus and these are good seeds, support for fertilization, irrigation, and mechanization.

Piñol noted the country needs to undertake measures “that have been proven to be effective.”

He earlier said the corporate farm program could also enable the country meet rice self-sufficiency before 2019 and even make the Philippines become a rice exporting country.

Under the program, the local government units (LGUs) will adopt a publicly or privately-owned farm which they will provide financing through bank loan for their farmers in the form of rice seeds and fertilizers throughout the planting season.

The LGUs will then buy back the palay produce of the farmers engaged in production.

Piñol said four LGUs will initially participate in the corporate farm program — Quezon City, Kidapawan City, Quirino and Sorsogon.

He added that the implementation of the program starts in 2017.

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