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DA eyes larger 2024 rice harvest despite El Niño

06 May 2024

The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Sunday that more rice may be harvested this year compared to last year despite the El Niño phenomenon's effects on the country. 

Interviewed on Super Radyo dzBB, DA Assistant Secretary Arnel de Mesa said they expected 20.4 million metric tons of rice to be harvested in 2024, compared to the 20.06 million metric tons reaped in 2023. 

“Inaasahan natin na mas malaki ang ating harvest ngayong taon. Kasi nga last year ay 20 [million metric tons], ngayon ay 20.4 [million metric tons]. Inaasahan natin ngayong wet season, mas mataas din ang ating inaasahang harvest,” the DA spokesperson said. 

“Of course, mas maganda na ang ating mga variety ngayon ng mga binhi at saka mga interventions natin,” he added. 

(This is because of our better seed varieties and also because of our interventions.) 

However, De Mesa noted that the country’s rice harvest slightly decreased during the first quarter of the year by 100,000 metric tons. 

“‘Yun ay napakaliit. Less than 1% [that is very small, only less than 1%],”  he said, adding that the loss can be “easily” augmented through importation. He said the country had already imported 1.6 million metric tons of rice. 

De Mesa was also confident that the Philippines’ rice supply was enough for now.

Source : msn