No need to import rice – Yap
Tuguegarao City (13 August) -- Despite the shortage of water to irrigate rice lands in some parts of the country, Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap yesterday said that the country does not need to import rice.
According to Yap, even as the dry spell caused a 40 percent drop in average rainfall, the supply in warehouses of the National Food Authority including the rice kept by households and retailers remain sufficient.
Yap also warned rice suppliers and dealers not to jack up their prices just to take advantage of the on-going dry spell.
"In case rice retailers are proven to be engaged in price manipulation, their licenses will be revoked, without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges," Yap stressed.
The secretary said their agency is doing the necessary efforts to mitigate further effects of the dry spell and help farmers earn and make profit by implementing a quick turn-around program or the insertion of one or more crop for the year from August to December.
Yap also said they are encouraging farmers to plant short getating crops, root crops and vegetables that do not require huge amounts of water.
The Department, Yap said is also assisting farmers in pumping waters near creeks, streams and rivers while the National Irrigation Administration is now tapping farmers for repair and rehabilitation of their irrigation facilities to augment their income. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]