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Philippines to produce 59.67m tons of rice in next 3 years

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The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is targeting to produce 59. 67 million metric tons (MMT) of unmilled rice in the next three years in a bid to attain rice self-sufficiency.

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Agriculture Assistant Secretary and National Rice Program Director Edilberto de Luna said the DA will expand harvest area for rice as well as yield per hectare to boost output in the 2014 to 2016 period and wipe out imports.

This year, de Luna said the DA is targeting to produce 19.07 MMT of unmilled rice. In 2015, output is expected to reach 20.08 MMT. For 2016, the rice production target is set at 20.51 MMT.

De Luna issued the statement after Presidential Assistant for Food Security Francis Pangilinan said the Philippine government will no longer set a target date for attaining rice self sufficiency.

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