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Thursday, May 08, 2008

News: NFA Construction of Warehouse in Dinagat

The National Food Authority (NFA) Caraga Regional office bares the construction of NFA warehouse in the capital town of San Jose in Dinagat Islands.

NFA Dinagat Islands Provincial Manager Regino Delfin in an interview recently said, the proposed site will be located at Purok 5, Barangay Luna, San Jose and will accommodate 30,000 tons of rice.

Delfin added that the soon to be constructed warehouse is bigger than the warehouse built in Dapa, Surigao del Norte.

He assured the provincial government that the said construction will be prioritized by the national government considering that it should have been done last year has it not been for some problems encountered before. More ...

4 comments :

rex malbacias said...

RICE....RICE...RICE....years ago Thailand and Vietnam sent students to the Philippines...the purpose...to study agriculture....

We help train their students and now we import rice from them!!! Philippines is considered a top rice importer in Southeast Asia... WHY?

Is there any descent answer? please contribute...

mr. dinagatnon said...

good question rex! this is what i think. i hope this analogy can answer your question.
here's a typical filipino family. both parents working = they have more than enough. here comes another child. salary? just enough. third child = barely enough. 4th child = started borrowing money from relatives and friends. and so on with the same income. agricultural lands in the philippines used for ricelands did not increase. there are some converted to industrial use. so instead of increasing, it decreases. the population? OMG, almost 90 million people now. the demand is getting bigger and bigger, the supply remain or even getting smaller. POPULATION could be one reason.
ECONOMY also is another culprit. fertilizer is so expensive now. so for the past years, businessmen decided to just import rice and jack up the price. the result? profit. planting rice is a big gamble with the increasing prices of insecticides and fertilizers. how about the natural calamities? so it's better to do trading than planting. big profit is easy to achieve especially the way our customs agency is doing. rice smuggling is rampant here in our country for the past decade.
LACK OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR FARMERS AND IF THERE IS, A CASUALTY TO GRAFT AND CORRUPTION.
remember the fertilizer scam? the money went to favored groups. from my greatgrandparents down to my parents, we plant rice. but i haven't heared of liquid fertilizer for rice. hehehehe. but that's what in their liquidations. cebu is not known for rice but corn. still they received money for rice fertilizer. to groups not even farmers.
yes it's not only our country that experienced this problem but if we are really prepared, perhaps not worst as what we have now. this is not oil that we rely only on imports. this is a crop we can produce and that our country has been known of.
ONE BIG LESSON THAT WE WILL NOT FORGET OUR FARMERS. THESE PEOPLE CANNOT COMPETE WITH SMUGGLED RICE.

hammer said...

from Philippine Star today: (part of the news only)

RP good in reproduction, poor in production’
By R. Fernandez
Saturday, May 10, 2008

An economic adviser of President Arroyo has pointed to the country’s growing population as the main cause of the rice shortage.

Speaking at the 18th National Convention of the Philippine Association of Research Managers Inc. (PHILARM) at the Casablanca Hotel in Legazpi City, Albay Gov. Jose Salceda said the country’s demand for food has risen because there are more mouths to feed, but agricultural lands to cultivate are dwindling.

“The Philippines is good in reproduction but bad in production,” he said.

Anonymous said...

RICE PRODUCTION? yup, going down. so many mouyh to feed, so little production. a lot of govt officials taking advantage..GABAAN UNTA SILA!
ang pangutana... nganong sa San Jose man ibutang ang bodega? ang among giampo nga mahuman ang construction sa sakto, kung madajon man.


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