Philippines may reconsider 250,000-MT rice import plan


The Department of Agriculture is reconsidering its plant to import 250,000 metric tons of rice from Vietnam as local farmers expect a strong harvest, agriculture chief Emmanuel Piñol said Thursday.

"The planned importation of an additional 250,000-metric tons of rice for the country's buffer stocks may have to be reviewed and validated...

[As] there was no reported infestation and this season's crops have not been affected by inclement weather," Piñol said in a statement.

Once the government validates its prospects for the harvest, Piñol said "I will advise the National Food Authority Council to put on hold the planned importation."

Funds intended for the rice purchase from Vietnam will be reallocated to buy rice from local farmers, he said.


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