Piñol wants to exempt rice seeds procurement from public bidding
In a move he calls “correcting a mistake”, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol asked President Rodrigo Duterte to exempt the government’s rice seed procurement from public bidding.
“Before leaving for a quick trip to Papua New Guinea last week, I wrote President Rody Duterte officially to ask for his guidance on how to exempt from the tedious and stringent bidding process the procurement of high yielding rice seeds, including inbred and hybrid seeds,” Piñol said.
“The move was aimed at correcting a fundamental flaw in the rice seeds procurement system which has resulted in the waste of government funds and low productivity,” he added.
Piñol said that rice seeds are site specific, which means rice seeds that may grow well and yield high in the Cagayan Valley Region may not perform as well in Panay Island.
He also said that the long and tedious government procurement process has taken its toll on the rice seeds procurement program because by the time the seeds are delivered to the farmers, they have either finished planting or the seeds have become stale with very low germination rate.