Shipments of cheap, imported rice starts arriving in PH ports
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that “at long last” shipments of imported rice that the National Food Authority (NFA) has procured already started arriving in Philippine ports.
Because of this, government-subsidized rice, which will be sold at P27 to P32 per kilo, will soon be available in the market.
“President Rodrigo Duterte was informed during the Cabinet Meeting last night that the first two boat-loads of rice imported from Vietnam by the National Food Authority have started unloading their cargoes in two ports in the country,” Piñol said.
“In a message sent to me via SMS by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino last night, he said that the first two vessels are now unloading 10,000 metric tons of rice in the Subic Port and 5,000-metric tons in Surigao,” he added.
The other vessels carrying the remaining 235,000 metric tons of rice are now in the Philippine territorial waters and are expected to dock within a day or two, Aquino further told Piñol.
The arrival of the fresh stocks of imported rice finally ends months of absence of the government-subsidized rice in the market which is preferred by low-income families.