Rice smuggling greatly affects farmers-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, September 5, 2013
THE entry of smuggled rice in Zamboanga City greatly affects the livelihood of local farmers, said Zamboanga City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat.
He said smuggled rice, which are sold at cheaper prices, is killing the local rice industry.
Palacat said farmers have to set the prices of locally-produced rice to a level where they will have to include costs for various expenses to include fertilizers, pesticides, among others.
The local rice production can only support 15 to 21 percent of this city’s requirement and the balance is covered by the rice products from other provinces and the National Food Authority (NFA), Palacat said.
“There are still several others [rice produce] from outside [Zamboanga City] that are brought here, so there is over supply and when there is over supply, the rice produce of the local farmers are left behind,” Palacat said.