Nuño reiterates call for rice supply sufficiency by 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 14:12

Councilor Lilia Macrohon-Nuño, who attended the just concluded National Convention of Food Producers in Manila last week, has re-echoed the call for famer-leaders to forge stronger partnerships to further sustain and enhance their contribution to attaining the country’s goal of rice, food staple sufficiency and security by 2013.

In her capacity as national president of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC), Nuño said the two-day convention focused on the important role of the farmers dubbed as the country’s “food soldiers” to achieve sufficiency in rice and major staples, as part of the Aquino administration’s medium-term Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP).

Nuño said the FSSP also aims to encourage consumers to reduce rice wastage and ensure that there will be abundant and affordable supply of other traditional staples for those who prefer them, so they would not shift to rice.

“Our farmers must be aware of what they are supposed to do to achieve sufficient rice supply so that we will not import rice anymore by 2012,” said Nuño, who was one of the conveners of Bayanihan 2012.

Other Bayanihan 2012 conveners were Oftociano Manalo, president of R1 Federation of Irrigators’ Association; Neil Cayonte, national president Small Water Impounding System Association; Oscar Pialogo, national president of P4MP; Ronald Madrigal, national president of 4H Club; Crscencio Barros, national president of Magsasakang Siyentista; and Datu Roberto Datahan, representing that Indigenous People. 

Nuño further said she will soon confer with City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat to discuss matters on how the local farmers will be taught to adopt cost-efficient, sustainable yet high-yielding production technologies to lower their cost of rice production.

She said the Department of Agriculture (DA) had already come up with some measures to increase rice production. These include promoting integrated post management techniques that will reduce crop losses due to pests and diseases, and providing farmers with proper technologies, equipment and facilities that will also reduce postharvest losses.

Anchored on the theme “Pagkaing Sapat, Magsasakang Angat, Tagumpay Nating Lahat,” the convention also coincided with the launching of the National Year of Rice (NYR) advocacy campaign by President Aquino and Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala. 

The RIC, of which Nuño is the national president, is the rural women’s group with 7,652 clubs nationwide and a total member of 334,564. It was organized in 1934. — Vic Larato