Gov’t to import 300,000 MT of rice ‘if necessary’ amid COVID-19 pandemic — Nograles

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Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says the government will import 300,000 metric tons of rice if the situation amid COVID-19 calls for it. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) — The Philippine government will import rice, country's main food staple, if the situation amid the COVID-19 outbreak calls for it, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles has disclosed.

“If necessary, the importation of an additional 300,000 metric tons of rice through government to government arrangements with ASEAN trading partners and/or from all sources including India and Pakistan at the ASEAN tariff,” Nograles said via Facebook Live Friday night.

Separately, the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) ordered farming and fishing activities to continue despite the enhanced community quarantine.

Nograles said the Department of Agriculture shall be provided with ₱31 billion “in order to implement, expand, and increase food adequacy in the country.”

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