DAR: P20 per kilo rice possible as early as 2023

DAR: P20 per kilo rice possible as early as 2023


The P20 per kilo of rice is possible.


The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) bringing the price down is possible thru its mega farms project,DAR Secretary Bernie Cruz said.


“The mega farm is a cluster of contiguous farms that are consolidated to form a sizable plantation capable of producing a large volume of farm products to meet the demands of consumers,” Cruz said.

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He said the aspiration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to bring down rice prices can also be made possible by reducing the cost of production without sacrificing the income of farmers.


“From the studies we conducted in the mega farms project, we found out that not only is the PHP20 a kilo achievable, but it will also be profitable for our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs),” he said.


Under the mega farm project, Cruz said DAR has come up with “Programang Benteng Bigas sa Mamamayan” (PBBM, loosely translated as Program PHP20 for Citizen’s Rice).


DAR Undersecretary David Erro said PBBM will start with an initial 150,000 hectares of rice farm under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and adjacent small farm lots.


Erro said studies made by the DAR showed that 150,000 hectares can produce an average of 142 cavans or sacks of rice per hectare per cropping season.


He said it will translate to a gain of PHP76,501 annually for ARBs.


“We, Filipinos, have a daily average per capita consumption of rice at 301 grams or 109.9 kilograms per year. With that figure, this project can feed around nine million poor Filipinos,” Erro said.




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