Pres. Duterte Pushes for Phil-PNG Rice Project Insuring Food Supply for Filipinos & PNG Residents

The tough-talking President of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had a clear vision for the future to secure our rice supply as he pushes for the Philippines-Papua New Guinea Rice Project insuring consistent rice supplies for Filipinos and PNG residents in the near future.


In a report posted by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol he stated that the President directed the Department of Agriculture to pursue the Rice Development Project between the Philippines and Papua New Guinea to ensure sufficient rice supply for both countries in the years to come.



Pres. Duterte personally gave the instruction to the Agriculture Secretary during the Filipino Community Night in downtown Port Moresby on Friday, in the sidelines of the APEC Leaders Summit hosted by Papua New Guinea.

According to Sec. Piñol, PNG has a population of only 8-million and a land area of 48-million hectares, mostly undeveloped while the Philippines, has a population of 105-million with a total land area of 30-million hectares, 3.9-million of which is planted with rice.

Papua New Guinea is situated below the Equator outside of the path of violent and destructive typhoons with a climate very much similar to the Philippines.


The PNG Minister of Agriculture, Benny Allen, and Sec. Piñol representing the Philippine Government, signed the Memorandum of Agreement on Agricultural Cooperation in a stage mounted in the middle of the Rice Demonstration Farm in the campus of the Pacific Adventist University in Port Moresby.

The Agricultural Cooperation Agreement involves exchange of technology and assistance in the development of agriculture, including livestock, rice and other crops between the two countries.



Here's the Complete Report of Sec. Manny Piñol:

Food supply insurance

PRES. DUTERTE PUSHES
PHIL-PNG RICE PROJECT

By Manny Piñol

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - President Rody Duterte has directed the Department of Agriculture to pursue the Rice Development Project between the Philippines and Papua New Guinea to ensure sufficient rice supply for both countries in the years to come.

The President personally gave the instructions to me during the Filipino Community Night in downtown Port Moresby on Friday.

“Pursue this project. Don’t let go of it. This will ensure the food security of the future generations,” he said.

Papua New Guinea has a population of only 8-million and a land area of 48-million hectares, mostly undeveloped.



The Philippines, on the other hand, has a population of 105-million with a total land area of 30-million hectares, 3.9-million of which is planted to rice.

Papua New Guinea is situated below the Equator outside of the path of violent and destructive typhoons with a climate very much similar to the Philippines.

The Philippines is hit by at least a dozen typhoons and tropical storms every year.

The strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, Typhoon Ompong, destroyed P26-B worth of agricultural crops.

Earlier on Friday, the PNG Minister of Agriculture, Benny Allen, and I, representing the Philippine Government, signed the Memorandum of Agreement on Agricultural Cooperation in a stage mounted in the middle of the Rice Demonstration Farm in the campus of the Pacific Adventist University in Port Moresby.

The Agricultural Cooperation Agreement involves exchange of technology and assistance in the development of agriculture, including livestock, rice and other crops between the two countries.



The signing of the Agreement Friday capped a year-long engagement between the two countries’ Agriculture Departments which started in the Danang, Vietnam Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit last year.

In the sidelines of the Vietnam APEC, Prime Minister Peter O’Neil asked President Duterte for the Philippines’ support in the development of its rice industry.

President Duterte committed to support of the Philippines and in February of this year, I traveled to PNG to meet with PM O’Neil.

Technical teams from the Department of Agriculture and its support agencies, including PhilRice, were sent to PNG afterwards.



In August, 19 Farmers from North Cotabato were dispatched to Papua New Guinea to start the development of a Rice Demo Farm funded by the private sector.

The Filipino farmers have already developed 8 hectares out of the 25 hectares with local farmers already starting to participate in the farm work.

The first harvest in the Demo Farm is expected in the last week of December.

In the arrangements already set for the rice program, private Filipino agricultural groups and companies will be asked to invest in the rice industry of PNG.

The PNG Government has offered to facilitate the use of the vast uncultivated lands for rice farming through a crop sharing arrangement with the local landowners.



The Filipino agricultural groups will engage the expertise of Filipino rice farmers and young agriculture graduates.

As agreed, the rice produced by the Filipino agricultural groups will be sold locally to satisy the national rice requirement of 400,000-metric tons of PNG.

The excess rice production could be shipped back to the Philippines to fill up its national requirements estimated at 1.2 to 1.5-million metric tons.

The Rice Development Program is expected to supply the rice requirements of PNG and also assure the Philippines of sufficient rice supply produced by Filipino farmers.

President Duterte has indicated that the PH-PNG Rice Development Program is a long-term project intended to ensure food security for the next generation of Filipinos.

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(First photo is a selfie showing me and Philippine Ambassador to PNG Bienvenido Tejano with the rice field in the background. Other photos were taken by Diane Faith Garcia.)








Source: Sec. Manny's FB Page

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