Wasting rice ‘crime’–China expert

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SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ—To Chinese professor Yuan Longping, the acknowledged developer of hybrid rice and a 2001 Magsaysay awardee for government service, rice wastage should be condemned and must be considered a crime.

“Rice wastage is criminal,” Yuan said in a forum at the opening of the First National Hybrid Rice Congress here on Wednesday.

A fact sheet circulated during the congress said about

P6.2 billion worth rice is wasted in the Philippines yearly.

“Each Filipino wastes about two tablespoons of rice daily,” it said.

Yuan’s statement was preceded by his presentation on the world rice situation, including the need to produce more rice to avert a crisis and efforts to produce a rice variety that can yield more harvest for farmers.

“We need to produce 60 percent more rice in 2030 than what was produced 23 years ago,” Yuan said.

 

More to feed

At present, a hectare of land used for rice production can provide food for 27 people, he said, adding that in the coming years, the same area will have to support 43 people.

Yuan, an agriculturist, scientist and educator, succeeded in the early 1970s in developing the first hybrid rice variety in his country, helping China attain food sufficiency.

Now the director-general of the China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center, Yuan said China’s super rice breeding program has achieved an average yield of 13.5 metric tons (270 cavans of 50 kilograms each) per hectare.

Research and development is ongoing to increase this average yield, he said.

Yuan said the Philippines could be self-sufficient in rice in the next five years through hybrid rice seeds.

Outside China, countries using hybrid rice are India (1,800,000 ha), Vietnam (700,000 ha), the Philippines (191,000 ha), Bangladesh (800,000 ha) and the United States (400,000 ha).

Yuan said the China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center has trained more than 3,000 researchers, technicians and agricultural officials from 60 countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

Neglected sector

In Pangasinan, Sen. Francis Escudero on Thursday said the country could have long attained rice self-sufficiency if it invested enough in the agricultural sector.

Escudero said when his father, the late Salvador Escudero III, was minister of agriculture under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the area of irrigated land in the country was about 1.3 million hectares.

Thailand and Vietnam, which are the leading rice-exporting countries today, only had less than a million hectares each of irrigated farms.

“Today, after 27 years, our irrigated land is still 1.3 million ha,” Escudero said. “Thailand now has 9 million ha and Vietnam has 11 million ha of irrigated land.”

Based on Department of Agriculture data, the country produced 18 metric tons of palay last year. Some 2 million metric tons more are needed to achieve rice self-sufficiency. “We did not invest in agriculture,” said Escudero. With a report from Gabriel Cardinoza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • phipher filipino

    Yuan should raise this to congress making his concern valid. I doubt congressmen will acknowledge his plea, if wasting rice becomes crime which is must be then the most targeted are the fast food chains… classy restaurants.. and other dining area.

    People consuming rice particularly on the cities don’t get it and they don’t really care as long as they have money to spend for rice… the government should do something to educate those so called civilized people on the cities particularly in Manila.

    People should realize how important a grain of rice to our health and economy… imagine if your family throwing leftover rice or fed them to pets and this happen everyday times number of families in barangays or villages are doing this and more villages on a town or city and so on… …while a farmer who cultivate is left for few grains not suffice to feed his family.

    There should be change on this ill habit… now that someone and ironically not a Filipino who have the guts to awaken us all and break the habit… why are you still sleeping?

    Someone who already did this before and you just ignore it… remember a song… “bawat butil ng palay…. ay butil ng pawis ng mga magsasaka”

    • BatangSingapore

      kung napupunta sa mga alagang hayop ang kanin ay mas mabuti ito. ang mahirap kasi tinutukoy ng intsik na ito ay baka yun bigas na hindi pa nasasaing, yan siguro pwedeng tawagin crime.

      • phipher filipino

        left-over rice po…

        “Each Filipino wastes about two tablespoons of rice daily,” it said.

        pero parehas na din yun… imagine sa bodega ng NFA at ng mga traders kung saan nag-iistock sila ng bigas na inimport para daw mapunan ang kakulangan sa bigas… hanggang sa bumaho at hindi na puedeng kainin ng tao.

      • BatangSingapore

        hindi rin naman kasi lahat ng filipino sa kasalukuyan ay regular kumakain ng kanin. may dalawang reasons yan either walang makain o yun mga concerned sa kanilang kalusugan.

        ganunpaman, paano nya nalaman na napupunta sa wastage yun dalawang kutsarang kanin? baka naman average observation nya sa mga restaurant. ibig sabihin hindi accurate diba at irrelevant ang kaniyang sinasabing wastage.

        pero kung bigas ang pagbabasihan niya ay malamang iniisip niya saan napunta ang sobra. well inaccurate din kasi ang report ng gobyerno at lahat ng ito may tongpats.

        isang kabobohan sinasabi niya na napupunta sa wastage. nagaakusa siya na hindi naman totoo. basta intsik kasi padaskul daskol. kaya nga ang lahat ng gawa nila walang quality at disposable, kasama na diyan ang analysis nila.

      • phipher filipino

        Tama ka sa isang part na walang basehan ang analysis pero sasabihin ko sa iyo ayon na rin sa obserbasyon ko… kapag kakain ako sa turo-turo o buka-buka, o kaya sabihin na natin sa Jollibee, McDonald, Wendy’s at iba pa.. asahan mong laging may tirang kanin sa plato… sa ugali kasi na nakakahiya raw pag sinamid mo ang plato mo na para bang hinugasan mo na ng dila mo at gagamitin na lang nila sa susunod nilang kustomer… kaya kailangan itira mo ang kanin o ano pa mang pagkain para in ka pa rin…

        Subukan mo ding obserbahan pag kakain ka sa labas…

      • BatangSingapore

        wala ako nakikitang ganyan, lalo na sa hirap ng buhay ngayon. kung meron man ay siguradong iilan at hindi ito dapat igeneralized. therefore, mali at sablay ang analysis ng intsik na yan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cali-To/100001548147821 Cali To

    he should also acknowledge that there is so much rice wastage in his own country. Many Chinese do not eat their leftovers!

  • JasonBieber

    That much rice gets wasted in the Philippines yet PNoy and his DSWD wont’ even pass out the sacks of rice to give to the starving victims of typhoon ‘Pablo’ in Davao?

    PNoy made a statement that the PH will be rice self sufficient in 2013 and then recently the Palace backed-off that statement. How can the country have so much rice get wasted and the poor complain of not having rice? It doesn’t make sense.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    So your father did nothing to increase irrigated riceland if it still remains the same today, Kenkoy Escudero. Pareho kayo ng Tatay mo, magaling lang sa daldal.

  • david

    in China, rice and all kinds of food are wasted coz chinese think to consume all means you have nothing. pasikat. kaya ang daming tira na pagkain lagi. walang pinagkaiba sa pinas. yun nga lang mas maraming nasasayang sa china dahil sa pakitang tao na pera.

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