10 months Piñol reiterates attainment of rice self-sufficiency MB
By Tara Yap ILOILO CITY— Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol reiterated the assurance that the country will meet its target for rice self-sufficiency. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We will be able to achieve rice sufficiency,” said Piñol at Department of Agriculture’s second quarter management committee (ManCom) meeting in Nueva Valencia town, Guimaras province Thursday. Statistics show that rice production dropped to 19.05 million metric tons last year. In comparison, it was 19.28 million metric tons in 2017. “Our adoption rate of hybrid at inbred seeds is only 60 percent, but we are ... more