Rice monitor alliance slams Aquino on rice smuggling stats

March 1, 2016

Manila, Philippines-- Bantay Bigas (Rice Monitor), an alliance for safe, sufficient and affordable rice expressed dismay over latest figures on rice smuggling and criticized government’s denial of and inaction to the issue.

“BS Aquino did not only fail to attain rice self-sufficiency during his term, he also failed to resolve the problem of rice smuggling that continues to thrive in the country and cripples the local rice industry,” said Cathy Estavillo, co-convenor of Bantay Bigas.

Reduced rice importation not enough for rice self sufficiency, rice monitor tells govt

March 23, 2012

"Instead of importing rice to fill up the country's buffer stock, government should buy palay from Filipino farmers." Thus reacted rice watchdog Bantay Bigas on National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Lito Banayo's announcement last Tuesday that the agency will be importing 120,000 MT of rice from Thailand, Vietnam, and possibly Cambodia, to fill up the shortfall in the country's rice requirement of 500,000 MT.

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