By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — A group of farmers warned on Thursday (29 October 2022) that there may be a shortage of rice in the country in the face of the ravages of super typhoon Karding and the high price of fertilizer.
But Federation of Free Farmers National Chairman Raul Montemayor assured the public that there is still enough rice until the end of 2022.
“Yun ang pangamba natin, yung suplay next year, masyadong maliit ang maiiwan sa 2022 na ipapasa natin sa 2023, kailangang habulin natin ang production natin dahil kung aasa tayo sa import, mahal naman,” Montemayor said.
Montemayor added that the price of imported rice is also expected to increase due to the increase in the dollar.
“Dahil sa devaluation ng peso, P3 to P4 na agad ang itataas ng imported rice pero yung epekto ng devaluation ay doon sa imported na bigas, meron naman tayo na domestic rice na posibleng mag-stabilize ang presyo kung mataas man ang imported meron namang local,” he said.
Montemayor said that aid should be given to farmers immediately so that they can immediately start planting and catch up with damaged rice due to ‘Karding.’ (ai/mtvn)