DA works with FAO to find out PH’s per capita food consumption
How much food does a Filipino really eat in a day?
This is the question that the Department of Agriculture (DA) hopes to find an answer to as it works with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on a national survey.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that DA and FAO embarked on a US$300-million project to find out the country’s per capita consumption on food and rice and to identify how much the country should really produce to attain self-sufficiency.
“We want to find out how much food people eat in a day? What do they eat? And if there is still food to eat 20 years, 30 years, 50 years from now,” Piñol said in a Manila Bulletin report.
The survey came at the right time, especially now that the cost of food products have been increasing.
At present, the country’s daily rice consumption requirement only stood at 32,013 metric tons (MT) or 640,260 bags.