NFA’s plan to import more rice opposed
Philippine Confederation of Grains Association opposed the plan of the National Food Authority (NFA) to import more rice this year as this could sabotage the local production.
“Ewan ko kung magagawa yan [I don’t know if they can do it]. If you do it last quarter, for what? Aani na [it’s already harvest season],” Herculano “Joji” Co, president of the Philippine Confederation of Grains Association, said in a Manila Bulletin report.
To recall, the NFA is planning to seek for NFA Council’s approval for the importation of additional 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, which will be scheduled for arrival in December.
Co is particularly puzzled on the real purpose of the said importation since harvest season is arriving.
“Is that to avoid depleting of stocks? The purpose of importation is food security and stabilize the prices. By December, local harvest is expected to increase because those areas not usually covered by irrigation have been supposedly rainfed already,” Co further said in the report.