Gov’t determine to cut cost of palay production
The government must do whatever it takes to lower the production cost of palay in the Philippines between now and 2017 in order to lessen the country’s dependency on imports, which are making us vulnerable to high prices.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the country should keep a closer look into its importation program amid the ongoing drought that hit not only the Philippines but also its neighboring countries like Vietnam and Thailand, two of the major rice exporters in the world.
“If time comes that rice exporting countries were also hit by El Niño and prices shoot up, are we just going to surrender our production and put the fate of our nation to just importing rice?” Alcala told reporters during the 2015 Agri-Pinoy Rice Awarding Ceremony held in Pasay.
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