Find your rice champions, local officials told
Provincial officials should identify and nurture rice champions in their localities to boost production in order to also cover the demand in the non-rice producing provinces, rice experts said.
Authors of the book Rice self-sufficiency under the lens of provincial analysis: A new way of looking at the national rice security those involved in rice-growing process should be given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on what it takes to grow a great crop of rice.
“Billions of persons alone are not likely to do the job. Money does not grow rice. People do,” they said.
The book’s authors, who analyzed rice production per province, are PhilRice’s Deputy Executive Director for Development Flordeliza Bordey, national scientist Gelia Castillo, former International Rice Research Institute senior research manager Piedad Moya, and former Science Secretary William Padolina.
The authors said provincial rice self-sufficiency depends not only on natural resources, production, productivity, harvested area and population size.
They said provinces with big rice areas and production should have different interventions than smaller provinces.
They said the demands of millions of people in urban areas and in non-rice producing areas exert pressure on the rice-producing provinces to generate a surplus.