PHL rice output up by 2.7M MT for past 3 years

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Friday, July 4, 2014

THE Philippines' rice output grew by 2.7 million metric tons for the past three years, owing to the government's proper intervention, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Friday.

Assistant Secretary for Field Operations and concurrent director of the National Rice Program Edilberto de Luna said the country's rice production rose from 15.7 million metric tons (MT) in 2010 to 18.4 million MT in 2013.

"For the past three years, our rice production grew by an average of 900,000 MT yearly," he said.

De Luna said the growth can be attributed to the DA's proper interventions, among them investing in public goods like irrigation facilities and small water impounding dams.

He added the DA also provided the needed support in so far as technology and technology dissemination is concerned.

"The farmers promptly responded and adopted the proper technology, resulting to increased yield," De Luna said.

According to De Luna, the DA also helped the farmers in getting credit and insurance policies.

The DA also provided the necessary machineries and post-harvest facilities, he added. (SDR/Sunnex)

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