To grow all of its rice needs, the Philippines must up harvests from 15.77 million tons in 2010 to 21.12 million tons in 2013. Meaning, to be rice self-sufficient, production needs to increase by 5.35 million tons of paddy rice – all in just three years.  So, can it be done this time? According to the PhilRice Executive Director, it is doable given the right amount of resources, timely implementation of programs, and cooperation from the rice industry stakeholders."

But what should be done now? Farmers can barely cope with the appetite of 94 million Filipinos, each on
average eating 120 kilograms of rice a year. That’s about 11.79 million tons in 2009/10 against the 10.08 million tons produced then. What do you think?

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