Piñol sees record year in terms of palay output
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that for this year, the Philippines’ total rice output would be higher than the 19.27 million metric tons (MT) produced in 2017, which happens to be the highest production the country has ever recorded in a year.
“With the introduction of the Solar Powered Irrigation System (SPIS), among other alternative water generation projects being implemented by the DA [Department of Agriculture], rice and corn production is expected to increase even higher in the coming years,” Piñol said.
According to him, the 2017 harvest of 19.27 million MT, which was higher by 1.6 million MT over the 2016 harvest, brought the country’s production to 93 percent of the total national annual requirements.
“The DA is targeting a production of 95 percent to 96 percent of the total national requirements for the country to achieve rice sufficiency with the remaining 5 percent to 4 percent of the supply sourced from imported rice to comply with the Philippine commitments to the World Trade Organization,” Piñol said.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), using data provided by the EAS Sentinel 1A satellite to the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM), reported that the rice production for the first quarter stood at 4.6 million MT, a 4.61 percent increast from last year’s level.
“The increased rice production for this year is mainly because of the absence destructive typhoons and record high buying price for their produce which the PSA said was at average of P21.50 per kilo for clean and dry paddy rice,” Piñol said.