Exporting Philippines Rice!
The Philippines after 40 years will once again export rice, initially comprising of 35 tons of aromatic, long-grain and organic black rice to Dubai.
It ushers the Philippines in a new era in the country’s rice industry and the agriculture sector, in general, and proves that Filipino farmers can produce and export quality rice to other countries. As the Philippines is set to achieve rice sufficiency by end of this year, the country is eyeing the export market, particularly for fancy or aromatic, long-grain white varieties and organic coloured and heirloom rice varieties, where Filipino farmers are competitive.
The initial 35-MT shipment is comprised of 20 MT of ‘Jasponica’ or long-grain, aromatic white rice variety, and 15 MT of organic black rice.
The Jasponica aromatic white rice was produced by farmers from Talavera, Nueva Ecija, who planted a commercial variety of SL Agritech. The black rice was produced by farmers from Mlang, North Cotabato. The black rice was milled and packed at a DA-KOICA rice processing center in Matanao, Davao del Sur.
Life in the Philippines and Rice
Together with other DA family officials, regional directors, the private sector and farmers’ groups, also led the ceremonially send-off of 166 MT of shallots (or small red onions locally known as ‘lasona’) bound for Indonesia.
Another batch of 80 MT aromatic and heirloom rice varieties are set for export in succeeding months. It is composed of 40 MT of long-grain, aromatic white rice bound for Hong Kong, and 40 MT of Cordillera heirloom rice to the United States. The DA is also sending a trial shipment of 800 kilograms of black rice to the Netherlands.
The DA — in partnership with farmers’ groups and the private sector — is finalizing negotiations with other prospective buyers in Singapore, the Middle East and Africa.
At the rate the country’s going, there confident they could meet there self-imposed target of 100 metric tons of rice exports by the first half of the year ,
Congratulations to the DA, Farmers and the Philippines, this good news to every Filipino, to become finally self efficient, but there is still bait of work to go to gain this, we’re on the right track….
God Bless the Philippines, The President for achieving this dream, and The Filipino people. MABUHAY!