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Jul 17, 2016 @ 10:41

Piñol aims rice security, but critics are skeptical

The Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, reiterated on Friday three ambitious goals: attain rice self-sufficiency, limit rice imports to the minimum access volume, and establish a buffer stock to feed the population for six months in times of a crisis.

To achieve these goals, he is aiming to increase rice production by at least one metric ton per hectare each harvest and instructed the National Food Authority to increase rice inventory to more than 600 percent above what is required by law, which is 30 days’ supply in the lean months and15 days supply in other times.

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