Palay production estimated to reach 19 MMT this year
The Department of Agriculture has set the country’s palay (unhusked rice) production target at 19 million metric tons this year.
At 19 million MT, the country will still fail to hit its rice self-sufficiency goal.
“For us to hit a higher target, we need at least 20 million metric tons but we were not given the budget needed to hit the 20-million mark. We asked for additional budget (for rice sufficiency) but it was not granted. So don’t expect higher production,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said yesterday.
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