Philippines: Agency warns of artificial rice shortage

The National Food Authority of the Philippines (NFA) has warned of a “disinformation campaign” planned by several groups to create an artificial rice shortage, affirming that the country still has enough rice.
The GMA News has quoted NFA spokesman Rex Estoperez as saying that the plan includes the distribution of thousands of spoiled rice sacks.

There is no reason for rice prices to rise, Estoperez affirmed, adding that the rice NFA distributes is newly-milled from 2012 to 2013.

The agency has also beefed up its buffer stock after inter-governmental import contracts inked, he said.

The spokesman also affirmed around 22,500 tonnes of rice were shipped to the country in last December to increase the supply after a series of disasters hit the country in late 2013.

This is part of a contract to import 500,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam. The rest is expected to arrive in the country within the first quarter of this year.

He also assured that the agency will not release sub-standard rice.-VNA

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