The Philippines' Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) will implement stricter measures on rice imports to ensure that only safe, quality, crop pest-free rice are sold in domestic markets.
"All rice importers will have to comply with the guidelines as required in securing the Sanitary Phyto-Sanitary Import Clearance or SPSIC," said agriculture secretary William Dar on Thursday.
Funds raised, allocated and committed for the agri-fishery sector, since agriculture secretary William Dar assumed office on August 5, 2019, totaled P73.5 billion (B), on top of the 2019 Department of Agriculture's budget of P64.1 B.
The funds were in quick response to the two major issues that Secretary Dar had to face, namely the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) and the African Swine Fever (ASF).
Ilocos Region shines anew at National Quality Corn Achievers Award 2019 with Outstanding Province, City/Municipality, AEWs and Hall of Famer Awards
Cognizant of an excellent performance in the development of the corn industry as a result of a strong and efficient DA-LGU collaboration, the Ilocos Region shines anew during the 7th National Quality Corn Achievers Award (NQCAA) as it bagged the Outstanding Awards for two municipalities, two cities, one province and two AEWs during the NQCAA awarding ceremony held on November 12, 2019 at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar urges rice industry stakeholders to uphold free and fair trade amidst negative perception on rice importation under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).
“It is true that under RTL, we encourage free trade primarily to lower the price of rice in the market. But let me also emphasize that we operate on the premise of fair trade, regardless of the volume that we are looking into. Our measures to ensure this has always been in place,” Dar said.