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PHL eyes other sources of imported rice in Asia

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Friday it is exploring the possibility of sourcing imported rice from other Asian countries, such as Myanmar and Japan.

While there is no “immediate” need for the Philippines to import rice, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the country’s rice-supply shortfall currently stands at 1.8 million metric tons (MMT).

“We are looking at other sources of imported rice in Asia. The rice shortfall is at 1.8 MMT, and the standby authority is 500,000 MT,” Piñol told reporters in an interview.

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