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Philippines unlikely to be rice self-sufficient?
« on: June 16, 2018, 02:10:15 AM »
Philippines unlikely to be rice self-sufficient: Duterte | ABS-CBN news - Jun 13 2018
The Southeast Asian country is a frequent buyer of rice mainly from Vietnam and Thailand, usually importing more than one million tonnes of the staple grain every year to meet domestic demand and maintain stockpiles.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piņol said last year the country could produce enough rice for its own needs by 2020 with the help of free irrigation and other state measures to boost output.

"I do not believe we can be rice sufficient," Duterte said in a speech to officials of state universities at the presidential palace.

"If you'd ask me, in the next how many years, we will just have to import rice," Duterte said.

He said shrinking farmland and a growing population made it difficult to produce enough rice to meet domestic needs.