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Philippine rice production to slowdown up to 4% due to 'Yolanda'
Publication Date : 03-12-2013
The Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) expects rice production in the country to slowdown by three to four per cent this year owing to the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” Radio Inquirer 990AM said Tuesday.
The report quoted Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima as saying that the Philippines’ projected rate of rice production will have to be trimmed down to four to five percent in the next three years. That is below the food self-sufficiency program’s six percent target and the 8.08 per cent growth recorded last year.
The agency is, however, optimistic that the country will have sustainable growth and will achieve its goal of rice self-sufficiency by next year.
Delima said rice production has consistently increased in the last years, from 3.27 per cent growth in 2009, 5.78 per cent in 2011, and 8.08 per cent in 2013.
The government will have to extend more support to the farming sector in the form of irrigation and agricultural equipment to ensure continued growth.
Considered among the world’s strongest typhoons, “Yolanda” (Haiyan) ravaged Eastern Visayas and nearby provinces last November 8 and damaged 34 billion pesos (US$777 million) worth of infrastructure and agriculture. Almost 7 billion pesos ($160 million) worth of crops were destroyed, in addition to the 5.96 billion pesos ($136 million) worth of damages to the fisheries sector.