Rice sufficiency #goals: Lowering cost and adapting to change
While the rest of social media is flooded with photos depicting #goals, the DA is focusing on its one true #goal – rice sufficiency.
Although the government aims to achieve rice sufficiency, there are a lot of other concerns that need to be addressed, Rey Gamboa said in a publication.
“The government has to rethink its current strategies about improving rice production and lowering costs, which at the moment is at a high P11 compared to Thailand’s P7. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to continue producing rice at such a high cost when Filipinos can save P4 from every kilo of rice that they eat”, Gamboa said in his column for Philippine Star.
He said that there must be more intensive research on newer types of seeds that will be able to withstand extreme weathers and adapt to intrusion in salt water.
In addition, he also explained that on the part of farmers, they should be able to accept change and adapt to innovative practices.
“More importantly, our farmers must embrace change that will not only allow them to adapt to new technologies that mark modern farming, but also empower them to create adaptive remedies to their problems: low productivity, high costs, and climate changes”, he said.