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Old 05-21-2008, 10:44 PM
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Senate will look at various measures proposed by the senators to solve the rice crisis, such as the setting up of more irrigation systems including the rehabilitation and repair of existing ones, providing more subsidy to rice farmers in terms of high yielding palay, hybrid seeds, fertilizer, pesticide and post-harvest facilities and expanding the land areas for palay planting.



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Old 05-21-2008, 10:53 PM
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Bilang Isang Mamamayan,, Ano ang maii-contributed mo para maiwasan ang RICE Crisis?

Anong Dahilan, BAkit Tayo nagkakaroon ng Rice Crisis?

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dapat tigilan na yang baby factory kakainis na talaga...yung mga squatter putcha grabe mag anak kala nila sila si stanley ho...wala kasing ginawa ang gobyerno..dapat lagyan ng pampabaog ang mga relief goods sa mga yan..
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Bilang Isang Mamamayan,, Ano ang maii-contributed mo para maiwasan ang RICE Crisis?

Anong Dahilan, BAkit Tayo nagkakaroon ng Rice Crisis?

Ako ay nagtatanim/umaani ng palay kaya ako ay nakakapag contribute na. Yang mga hindot na taga gobyerno na yan specially ang Department of Agriculture, wala namang naitutulong yan, mahigit na akong 20 years na nagsasaka, ni wala akong natanggap na tulong dyan kahit binhi, fertilizer, insecticide o kahit technical assistance. May irigasyon sa amin - kahit umaapaw na sa tubig ang palayan gawa ng tag-ulan o bagyo, kahit magkasira-sira ang palay mo, sisingilin ka pa rin ng mga konyong yan.

Bakit nagkaroon ng shortage? - Humina ang production, dahil kulang suporta sa mga magsasaka. Mas gusto pa ng NFA mag-import kaysa bilhin sa support price ang ani ng mga magsasaka. Napipilitan tuloy na magbenta ang mga magsasaka sa mga barat na buyer. Pag mailiit ang pinagbilan, liliit din ang puhunan sa susunod na sakahan. Vicious cycle ika nga, hanggang mawalan na ng ganang magtanim ng palay ang mga magsasaka.

Yung mga propaganda na kesyo bibigyan ng subsidy na binhi, pataba, gamot etc...ang mga magsasaka, maniwala lang kayo pag may natanggap na ako. Otherwise, isang malaking kurakutan na naman yan.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:40 AM
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So many people I know seem to have a problem cooking rice. Many seem to be under the impression that all rices are born equal and simply need to be boiled in lots of water. Not so; some like to be started off in boiling water while others like it cold to start with. None seem to benefit from the addition of salt at an early stage. In most cases I***8217;ve found that reading the instruction on the packet and following them seems a mostly faultless solution.

Despite some resistance to the name I find that American Easy Cook rice almost impossible to get wrong and it has a pleasant flavour.

And then there***8217;s Basmati. It***8217;s the one for Indian food for sure, it has a great taste but it takes some precision cooking ***8211; well it did until I dumped the following method in favour of a simpler one I came across completely by accident. However I***8217;ll put it out here as it nearly always does deliver great rice ***8211; but if your not paying attention at the critical time, oh dear!

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Default Solutions to the Philippines' rice crisis

By MONG PALATINO
Published: April 08, 2008
Column: Peripheries



Manila, Philippines ***8212; According to the Philippine government, there is no shortage of rice in the country. Rice production is up and rice imports are meeting local demand. The rice harvest season will also start soon. But the government admits that the price of rice has gone up and most likely it will continue to go higher.
A Philippine senator confirms that the rice supply is stable. He adds that the rice crisis in the Philippines is artificial. He blames rice hoarders and smugglers for distorting rice inventories. He insists that the Philippines is experiencing a rice distribution crisis.

What is the government doing to address the problems of the rice industry? Is there a plan to punish the protectors of the rice cartel? What steps are being taken to ensure food self-sufficiency?

Recently, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo convened a food summit wherein she outlined her plan to improve the agriculture sector. Six assistance packages for agriculture were launched under the program of "FIELDS" -- F for fertilizer, I for irrigation and infrastructure, E for extension and education, L for loans and insurance, D for dryers and other post-harvest facilities, and S for seeds.

The government promised to build farm-to-market roads, ferry ports, and airports for agricultural cargo. Rice and corn processing centers will be developed. Funds will be released to promote organic fertilizer and hybrid seeds. The agricultural credit program will be enhanced. Rice subsidies are to be given to poor farmers. Arroyo is asking Congress to enact a law making farm land acceptable as loan collateral.

Since billions of pesos are allotted for the emergency agricultural program, Arroyo has vowed to appoint a deputy Ombudsman at the Department of Agriculture to watch over its transactions. Hopefully, this will minimize corruption in the bureaucracy.

Earlier, the government had proposed the reduction of tariffs to ease prices of agricultural products, especially rice. A Cabinet member is appealing to the public to reduce consumption of rice or to replace rice with other root crops. Restaurants are asked to serve a half-cup of rice to their customers. The private sector is enjoined to practice corporate farming or to ensure that employees are given rice subsidies through planting of rice by the country's biggest corporations.

Public universities are told to open their gymnasiums so they can be used as rice warehouses. Agricultural colleges are encouraged to increase farm demonstration laboratories to bolster the administration's food security and stability program.

The military was ordered to make military trucks and aerial logistics available for the delivery and distribution of rice around the country. Police forces were mobilized to guard against rice smuggling. The government cancelled the licenses of rice traders to weed out unscrupulous merchants. Agricultural officials are conducting spot inspections of rice warehouses to monitor the rice supply in the country.

President Arroyo reported that she has succeeded in persuading Vietnam and other countries from Southeast Asia to continue exporting rice to the Philippines.

Is the government doing enough to avert a full-blown rice and food crisis? Many people are not satisfied with the proposed action plan of the government. Senators are looking for a master plan which will comprehensively tackle the modernization of Philippine agriculture.

Many people believe the government failed to act quickly when Thailand and Vietnam restricted rice exports to the Philippines a few years ago. What was done to raise rice production in the Philippines? What support programs were implemented to boost productivity of Filipino farmers? The government-sponsored food summit was a belated effort of the government to compensate for its initial failure to draft a sustainable agricultural program.

Accusing the people of wasteful consumption of rice is unfair. The Senate president was right when he asserted, "There is nothing wrong with our eating habits, but there is with the government's spending priorities." Another lawmaker also argued, "The problem is not wasteful consumption but inadequate consumption. How can you waste rice when there is no rice to waste in the first place?"

Opposition parties are proposing the immediate release of local calamity funds for farmers. They also suggest that local governments should establish a food security early warning mechanism to ensure targeted distribution of rice.

The opposition believes that reactivation of peace talks with rebels will allow the unimpeded cultivation, planting, tending and harvesting of crops in conflict areas. Finally, creation of special investigative and prosecutorial teams is proposed to run after hoarders and corrupt elements in the agriculture department.

The government's proposed solutions to the rice and food crisis can be described as palliative. They do not address the root of the problem. The government continues to endorse rice importation and agricultural liberalization despite its failure to revive Philippine agriculture.

In fact, peasant groups explain that the country's growing dependence on rice imports is the reason behind the worsening rice crisis. A senator notes that rice importation "symbolizes the government's neglect of the local agriculture sector." An NGO adds, "Rice importation has not resulted in lowered rice prices, but worsened the bankruptcy of farmers and even placed the country in greater food insecurity."

Peasant groups want the government to increase local procurement of rice instead of relying on imports. The government, not rice traders, should buy more rice and other agricultural products from farmers. This will improve farmers' income while preventing greedy merchants from exploiting poor farmers.

Land-use conversions of rice lands should be stopped. Food crops should be prioritized over cash crops and biofuel crops. The bloated funding for debt and war spending should be realigned to food production. The rice cartel should be dismantled. Rice smugglers should be charged with economic sabotage.

Finally, the rice crisis today is an opportunity to review the land reform programs of the government in the past four decades. Landlessness remains a fundamental problem in Philippine society. Agricultural production is still backward. Perhaps it is time to implement a genuine agrarian reform. A sound agricultural system will propel the Philippine economy. At the same time, it will ensure that all Filipinos have access to food at all times.

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