CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – The rice sufficiency of the country can reach 94 percent this year, Agriculture Sec. William Dar said on Monday (May 11).
The assessment was made during the launching of the Kalig-Kasan Eco-Park, Food Highway in Camp Olivas by the Central Luzon regional police office that was also attended and witnessed by Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa together with officials of the Regional Development Council in Region 3.
The police project towards food production in the region is commendable Dar said and explained that Central Luzon is the major rice producing region of the country.
He said the country’s previous rice sufficiency is 87 percent and 13 percent of it is filled in by rice imports.
On the second week of the enhanced community quarantine, the Department of Agriculture has submitted to the government a rice resiliency project with an P8.5 billion funding to be used to increase the country’s rice sufficiency level, Dar said.
The secretary explained that the said fund is good enough to provide another seven percent to the country’s previous 87 percent rice sufficiency level and that at 94 percent rice sufficiency level, private rice importers will secure the six percent deficit.
Currently, the secretary said the country has a stock of 800,000 metric rice of imported rice that is enough to cover the rice lean months (July-September).
If the total P25.5 billion rice production budget of the country is used on proper program implementations, rice production may even exceed the 94 percent rice sufficiency target, Dar pointed out. (RONA BALITA Online)