Issue of May 21, 2017
     
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Ensuring rice security
PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

The agriculture sector boasted that there was a bumper rice harvest this March and April purportedly to secure the supply of our staple food, but why is the price of rice rising and importation going on?

There will always be shortage of rice in the country unless we maximize production by providing sufficient irrigation during the dry season so that the farmers could have two or three croppings a year and, with the use of certified seeds of high yielding cultivars, employing technological breakthroughs, and provision of adequate postharvest handling facilities. Another factor that leads to rice deficiency is that Filipinos eat too much rice. A modification of our eating habit like substituting our daily rice staple meal with corn, root and tuber crops, or bread could save in our supply of rice. This calls for boosting large scale production of these substitute food crops.

As we celebrate Farmers’ Month this May, let us set aside undesirable politics in agriculture and instead broaden our perspective and act in ensuring food security.

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MORE ON WEEK'S MAIL
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:: ‘DPWH delaying Sabangan Bridge project’
There are no road right–of–way problems besetting the Sabangan bridge in Mountain Province.
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:: Not a single shot fired in NPA raid of PNP sub–station
On May 16, a NEW PEOPLES ARMY UNIT under the Jennifer Carino Command–NPA–Benguet successfully raided the police sub–station in Barangay Loo, Benguet.
 

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