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Press Conference on Rice Importation (November 21, 2019)

Author: DA Communications Group | 21 November 2019

In a press conference held on November 21 at BSWM, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) will implement stricter measures on rice imports to ensure that only safe, quality, crop pest-free rice are sold in domestic markets.

The DA-BPI will also conduct pre-inspection at the point of origin of imported stock to ensure quality and safe rice for consumers, as well as protect farmers from possible introduction and spread of crop pests and diseases.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to increase the country’s emergency buffer stock from 15 to 30 days by buying more palay from farmers. Further, he instructed Dar that the NFA must accelerate the turnover of its inventory by buying more palay, and selling more regular milled rice at an average of 20,000 bags (50 kg) or more per day. (Photos by Alarico Nuestro, DA-AFID)