Philippines looks to Thailand, Vietnam to shore up buffer rice stocks



The Philippines will buy rice from Thailand or Vietnam to make sure that the country will have enough buffer stock for 30 days by June 30, the National Food Authority (NFA) said.

NFA Administrator Angelito Banayo said the NFA council had decided to invite tenders for 100,000 metric tons of rice from Thailand or Vietnam.

About 20,000 MT will be bought from Cambodia under a memorandum of agreement being drafted by the Department of Agriculture and its counterpart in that country.

Banayo said the invitations would be sent out Wednesday.

If the MOA with Cambodia is completed within May 30, the government could order 20,000 MT of rice from them, he said. If not, those additional imports will be purchased from either Thailand or Vietnam, Banayo said.

The government set the rice import volume requirement this year at 500,000 MT. Of that amount, 380,000 MT were brought in by rice traders and farmers cooperatives under the NFA’s importation program.

The balance of the 500,000 MT would be bought by the government. Officials had said that a government-to-government contract for rice imports is cheaper as the Philippines could get preferential rates.

Banayo noted the country would not have enough rice stocks in the warehouses by June 30 if it did not buy more grains. With a Reuters report

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  • wawa2172

    Opposite yata ang prediction ni Alcala at Banayo. The first was telling the Filipinos that we are set to become rice exporter while Banayo tells us were importing. I guess I would tend to believe Banayo since he knows the stocks of rice at NFA warehouses including those smuggled in. Without our neighbors Thailand and Vietnam maraming magugutom sa Pinas where most of rice farms are now converted as subdivisions and squatter areas. Kaunti na lang po ang nag tatanim ngayon and new kids in town would rather play “Dota” rather than help in farms. Our rice farming technology remains obsolete and napag iwanan na. Besides the government lacks the funds to buy the farmers product instead the profit goes to the middleman and chinese businessmen.   

  • batang4

    Mr. Drilon says Mr. Corona is pathetic. pitiful, inadequate, weak. those are the synonyms. Has he ever stopped to think that there is nothing more pathetic THAN A COUNTRY that was once the top rice producer in the region and now is looking for help from another country which, not more than forty years ago, was war ravaged, with countrysides torn up by bombs, and a farming population decimated by war ?
    That there is nothing more pathetic IN A COUNTRY than a people always in the brink of hunger, in the clutches of poverty, a population the majority of whom can claim no roof of their own, under the leadership of a congress and a senate who could not rise up to the challenge of one they have accused of corruption mouthing the lame, pathetic excuse: he is the one on trial here, not us.
    That there is nothing more pathetic OF A COUNTRY than to have a population ready to be entertained with bread and circuses by a subtle dictatorship who wants control of all its institutions and considers himself the epitome of good governance ?
    Mirror, mirror, on the wall……

    • Ulipur

      There was never a time that Philippines was the top rice producer in our region.

  • Enrico

    Mukhang malayo pa na maging rice exporter sa 2013 salungat sa sinasabi ng administration.

  • LooniGyrl9215

    Rice self-sufficiency by 2012?  . . . tell that to the Marines . . .

    • Pinoydin

      Sabi ng Marines… YES Sir… ibig sabihin ba nyan sir e wala na tayong matatanggap na percento para magamit sa election?

      Banayo:  Ah.. e, mali yung computation ko pala… 2112, kulang ng 100 years pala.
      Ninoy:  Banayo, will you shut up.  Hwag mong ibuking ang plano natin.
      Edwin:  Sir, di ba sabi nyo 2012 e…
      Banayo:  Oo nga sir, 2012 na ngayon e…
      Ninoy:  Whatever!!! Basta magiimport pa rin tayo, kailangang madagdagan yung dollar account ko.  Dollar kasi ang binabayad diyan e, at di ako kasama sa pipirma ng waiver kaya safe ako.

      (Corona walks in… at narinig yung pinagkukwentuhan)

      Corona: Aha, sinasabi ko na nga ba e.
      Ninoy:  Lagot…. ang daldal mo kasi Edwin.

      … abangan ang susunod na kabanata….

  • Pinoydin

    Kailan pa naging totoo ang mga sinasabi nilang maging self-sufficient… that was 40 years ago….. ngayon hindi lang down hill ang takbo ng Pilipinas, pahulog na….

    Kumain na lang kaya tayo ng kamote imbes na bigas?

    • Steve

      Kaso lang ! pati kamote imported ‘din !

      • Pinoydin

        Oo nga…

        May nakapagsabi nga sa akin na may percentage silang nakukuha sa na-aangkat nilang bigas…. 8.75% of Php 2 Billion = Php 175 Million.  Pandagdag sa kampany sa 2013.

  • Crescente

    Focus on the country’s priorities, not on political vendetta and vengeance!

  • $14141131

    What a shame! Vietnam and Thailand were among the countries who studied rice technology many years ago at the IRRI. View the history of IRRI and you will see researchers from other Asian countries flocking in Los Banos to learn from Pilipinos.

    Now we are depending on them for our rice supply. This is the result of too much partisan politics, government mismanagement, corruption and rebellion. 

  • junza

    ang kala ko malapit na tayo maging self-sufficient?… tapos biglang etong balita na to’… out of 500,000 MT, 380,000 MT ang angkat natin…ang labo naman…

    ayan angkat pa tayo ng angat, tapos anong sunod? mababalitaan nanaman natin na may mga nabubulok nanamang bigas na naka tago lang sa mga bodega…

    haaaayyyy nako… ewan…

  • Harry

    Why purchase rice when we are expecting a bumper crop? A waste of taxpayers’ money.

    • Jess

      we import rice kc kulang nga ang stock for 2012. Gusto mo b magkagulo at ma rice shortage naman tayo?

  • Enrico Chavez

    puro mall at subdivision na kasi yung mga palayan natin

  • ynigooctaviano

    Di ba sabi ni Pnoy at Sec. Alcala ay rice self-sufficient na tayo next year? Sino ba ang nag-sasabi ng totoo?

  • iamnobody

    that’s technical smuggling. they’ll sell these grains at a higher price, while paying no import tax to the government. just look at the private sector financed importation scheme the NFA is implementing, it’s tax free. gagong gubyerno talaga to.  

  • ako_to

    anong nangyari sa rice self sufficiency na na malapit na nating maabot? tapos may plano pang maging exporter in coming years??? Ano ba ang totoo?

  • JuanCrisostomoIbarra

    One – palagi tayong dinadalaw ng bagyo.
    Two – yung mga rice fields natin unti-unting nagiging banana/sugarcane fields.
    Three – kulang sa makabagong kaalaman ang mga farmers
    Four – kunti na lang ang mga agriculturist natin
    Five – more on industrialization at commercialization ang programa ng gobyerno at taumbayan.

    So, malayo-layu pa bago tayo maging rice sufficient…

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