• By The Financial District

TOP RICE PRODUCERS' HELP SOUGHT

The top 12 rice producers in the country are being urged to help in stabilizing rice prices by buying direct from the rice farmers.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the support of the governors of the 12 top rice producing provinces in the country would prop up the farmgate prices of palay and corn especially during the harvest season.


The top 12 rice-producing provinces are Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Iloilo, Camarines Sur, Tarlac, Negros Occidental, Maguindanao, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, and Leyte.  


“Once again, we call on the vigorous support of LGUs particularly governors of top rice- and corn-producing provinces to buy directly from their farmers, and thus help government stabilize prices of the country’s two major staples,” said Dar.


“The DA will extend needed support to provincial governors and other local chief executives, being the ‘food security czars,’ in their respective areas,” added Secretary Dar.


“As the country’s rice farmers start reaping this year’s main rice crop, we count on the continued support of our ‘food security czars’ in partnership with farmers nationwide. Directly buying their palay is a win-win situation — giving them reasonable income for their harvest and ensuring an adequate supply of rice for consumers in their localities,” the DA chief said.


The top 12 rice provinces produced more than 9.74 million metric tons (MMT) of palay last year, comprising 51.8 percent or more than half of the country’s total harvest of 18.815 MMT.


“Their direct procurement will significantly shore up the national average farmgate price of palay, thus helping more farmers,” the Agri chief said.



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