DA eyes 20.48 milion MT of palay for 2021

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — The Department of Agriculture said it is initially targeting to produce 20.48 million metric tons of palay or rice paddy next year.

This is 6% higher than the revised projection of 19.32 million MT for this year. For the first two quarters of 2021, target production is 9.02 million MT, the DA said.

Agriculture chief William Dar said this will be supported by the ₱10-billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, which will cover more areas for inbred rice production, promotion of hybrid seeds, loan programs, and training for rice farmers, to name a few.

For the fourth quarter of 2020, the DA is projecting rice paddy production to reach 7.42 million MT. Total production for 2020 was revised from 20.34 million MT after a series of typhoons devastated the country in the latter part of the year that mostly affected rice producing provinces.

Dar again assured the public the country has enough rice supply even after 322,041 MT of palay -- equivalent to eight days of supply -- were lost because of the storms.

"Rest assured we have enough rice by the end of December 2020, equivalent to three months' supply," he said.

Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, palay production led the increase in crops production in the third quarter, with a growth of 15.2%. In the first nine months of the year, it also exhibited a 5% growth from last year.

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Meanwhile, the DA said a Bayanihan 2-funded agricultural trading complex is set to rise in Sariaya, Quezon. It will serve as a primary trading post for harvests of farmers and fisherfolk in Southern Luzon and neighboring regions.

The DA added the construction of the ₱100-million Sariaya Agricultural Trading Center and Facilities will start in January 2021. This will be linked to the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority fishport in Dalahican, and other production areas for seamless trading.