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The rice processing center in Davao seeks to ensure food security.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Rice Processing Center Ordinance was adopted by the Davao City Council, with the goal of enhancing palay production as well as milling and marketing milled rice.

The ordinance also covers post-harvest facilities, incentives and subsidies, and other support for rice producers, according to Councilor Ralph Abella, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and the ordinance’s author.

In a statement, Abella stated, “I thank all of my colleagues as well as the line agencies who contributed to the creation of this ordinance.”

The law, according to Abella, is intended to minimize rice imports from both domestic and international producers, give incentives and support to rice farmers, and secure a fair buying price for farmers on their palay.

He claims the rule will help the city’s food sustainability and security while also lowering rice prices.

According to Abella, incentives and support will include helping with expanding existing palay planting areas as well as establishing new palay-producing regions.

He stated that the local government will offer the essential tools and equipment for land cultivation as well as good rice seedlings.

Farmers and companies involved in palay production will also receive farm inputs such as chemicals and fertilizers, as well as real estate tax reductions and credits or grants.

In terms of palay production and the development of a rice mill, the law directs the City Agriculturist Office (CAO) to identify additional palay-producing regions in the lowlands and uplands in collaboration with the City Planning Office.

The CAO, in collaboration with the City Cooperative Office, is responsible for organizing palay farmers into associations or cooperatives, while the City Economic Enterprise will administer and operate the rice mill and other facilities (CEE).

“Farmers’ palay produce will be picked up by either the CAO or the CEE and paid based on the farm-gate contract price agreed upon by the city administration and the farmers,” Abella stated.

The milled rice, he said, will be sold to the barangays and will act as a buffer stock for the city’s staple food requirements in the event of tragedies or disasters.

“Revenues from rice mill operations will go into the general fund, and an annual budget for its operation will be included in the CEE budget,” he stated.

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