According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), although domestic production of rice has been going up, Filipinos seem to be eating less of the staple grain.

The PSA said in its current Food Consumption and Nutrition report that per capita production of rice rose over to 123.9 kilos in 2013 from 115.2 kilos in 2006.

Through the same seven-year phase, the regular consumption of rice moved down to 319.1 grams per individual a day (or 116.5 kilos a year) in 2013, from 325.2 grams daily (or 120 kilos a year) in 2006.

The agency explained, rice production in 2013 published an index of 107.48 percent created on 2006 levels, the PSA said. This means that rice per capita production in 2013 was 7.5 percentage facts higher than the base year record.

The index on per capita production measures the ability of the Philippine agriculture sector to produce food beside the growth of the population.

Between all agricultural produces that are produced in the country—including other crops as well as livestock, fisheries and aquatic resources—rice accounted for 1.14 kilos of calories everyday per Filipino in 2013.

Rice also accounted for 23.9 grams of protein and 5.7 grams of fats, creating it the most important food item for Filipinos.

In contrast, the next-best source of calories was corn, with 188.4 grams. In terms of protein and fats, the next best sources were chicken meat with 9.7 grams and chicken egg with 4.6 grams.

The Department of Agriculture is pointing for independence in the production of the staple grain and hopes to increase output to about 59.7 million tons in the three years to 2016. This puts annual harvests at close to 20 million tons, topping the all-time high of 18.44 million tons set in 2013.

This may turn to a rice self-sufficiency rate of 96 percent.

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