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Alcala allays fears over shrinking rice supply

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The government is confident that there is sufficient supply of rice in the country belying earlier reports to the contrary that could allegedly lead into a national security concern.

In a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the country has enough supply of rice allaying fears of a possible shortage that could trigger panic and can be considered an issue of national security as allegedly reported by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

“Sana po ay makatulong namin kayo (media) para sabihin po sa ating mga kababayan na huwag silang mag-alala sapagkat wala pong mangyayaring pagkukulang ng butil na bigas sa ating bansa…” Alcala said.

Alcala said that they have not received any report (from NICA) adding that upon verification, the NICA has denied issuing such statement putting to rest the alleged shortage in rice supply.

Alcala said, as compared in last year’s dry season cropping of 6.6 million metric tons, the government is targeting at least 7.6 million metric tons this year or 15 percent increase in harvest.

The dry season covers only two quarters of the year. Alcala said that the total projected cropping for 2011 is 17.46 million metric tons or even higher anticipating the increase of production during the dry season. (PCOO/PIA9-BaSulTa)




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