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Enough pork and rice for the holidays: DA

A few months before Christmas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) expressed confidence that the nation had enough supply of rice and pork.

The DA said that most of the rice supply is produced locally by Filipino farmers.

According to the DA, a significant portion of the supply is made up of locally grown rice, and by the end of the year, farmer production will be sufficient to meet demand.

On the other hand, changes in rice market prices could be noticed due to the consequences of China’s drought.

The prolonged drought in China, however, may impact retail pricing because of its effects on the price of palay production and the availability of rice varieties from other nations. Despite this, the DA stated that sufficient local output is available.

The Philippine Statistics Authority reports that since last March, when the nation’s rice stock inventory was 1,632.51 metric tons (Household 864.92 MT; Commercial 611.93 MT; and NFA 156.26 MT), it has steadily increased to 2,034.57 metric tons (MT) (Household 1,064.25 MT; 809.83 MT; and NFA 160.50 MT) in July.

To achieve the administration’s objective of increasing domestic production, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has also increased its efforts.

The NIA claimed in a statement on Tuesday that the private partnership has pledged PHP1 trillion in investments.

In two months, the NIA stated that it received investment pledges totaling more than one trillion pesos from possible private partners. The NIA added that this would enable it to proceed with its irrigation projects without being constrained by a lack of money.

Through public-private partnerships, these potential investments are anticipated to hasten irrigation projects.

Animal supply

The DA promised the public that meat products would also be available in sufficient quantities to meet holiday demand and ensure rice availability.

According to the DA livestock group, “the country’s meat-sufficiency was reaffirmed,” especially concerning domestic chickens and pigs.

The local output of 1.65 million MT satisfies the anticipated demand of 1.64 million MT, according to the department’s supply outlook. The total broiler supply is anticipated to be at 1.82 million MT.

However, compared to the nation’s anticipated demand of 1.64 million MT, the entire pork supply is anticipated to be “0.10 million MT” lower.

The DA stated, “The Department is continuously trying to ensure the stability of the pricing and monitor supplies to assist local farmers in producing enough for the demand.”

As of September 20, fresh pig Kasim costs PHP300 per kilo in Metro Manila, fresh pork liempo costs PHP370 per kilo, and entire, fully-dressed chicken costs PHP180 per kilo.

On Tuesday, the DA also met with the Poland Charge d’Affaires to discuss expanding agricultural trade, particularly concerning poultry products.

During a meeting with Polish Chargé d’affaires Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz, Agriculture Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban discusses expanding agricultural commerce (Photo courtesy: Department of Agriculture)

Poland’s intention to strengthen collaboration was communicated to Agriculture Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban by Polish Chargé d’Affaires Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz.

The Polish envoy underlined throughout the discussion that their poultry exporters wanted to receive Philippine accreditation, particularly for chicken that had been mechanically deboned (MDM). He also requested the quick dispatch of an inspection team to their nation, according to the DA.

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