Philippines ready for rice exports-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
THE Philippines, after 40 long years, is now ready to export rice varieties to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Singapore and United States, said Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.
Alcala, who attended the rice harvest festival in Barangay Cabugao Norte, Pavia and Western Visayas Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC) in Hamugaya, Jaro, said the exportation includes fancy variety and 15 metric tons of heirloom rice from Cordillera.
Iloilo province has its export share of significant volume of fancy variety and long grain aromatic and black varieties that are now considered as premier rice exports.
The province is ranked fourth in the nationwide palay production area.
Projected areas harvested for the 2013 second semester are 17,615 hectares for the months of July to August; 64,954 hectares in September; 34,866 hectares in October; 5,575 hectares in November; and 43,623 hectares in December.
The agriculture department is also pushing for a highly mechanized farming to post triple production in the province.
A four-wheel drive tactor, complete with harvester reaper and thresher, was introduced to the local farmers to facilitate high yield with lesser farm wastage.
The department also reported a palay wastage on the farm by 1.8 metric tons per year or some 10 percent losses on the national average production.
Meanwhile, Alcala reiterated that the country will not import rice until 2014 despite claims on projected rice shortage by some traders.
He said the country had the biggest rice production this year despite setbacks spawned by natural calamities.
In the province of Iloilo alone, rice production is at its peak in the month of September.
The projected palay projection performance in the second semester of 2013 showed 666, 520 metric tons with an average yield of 4 metric tons per hectare in 166, 630 hectares of harvested area. (Lydia C. Pendon)