Philippines rice harvest in the first quarter of 2015, indicate that may soon land up imports to meet next year’s rations.

New rice call from the Southeast Asian country would benefit to sustain reducing export prices in main merchants Vietnam and Thailand.

The National Food Authority (NFA) is approved to purchase upto 500,000 tonnes more of the staple grain this year, purchases calculating at least 1.8 million tonnes above the last 11 months, the prevalent in four years.

The Philippine Statistics Authority said that unmilled rice output in the first quarter of 2015 is predicted to drop 0.6 % from a year earlier to 4.28 million tonnes due to a likely retrenchment of the reaped belt. Unmilled rice productivity this year is perceived striking 18.88 million tonnes, up 2.4 % from previous year’s highest capacity of 18.44 million tonnes although less than government target of 19.07 million.

The growth of an average 3.6 percent a year between 2014 and 2016 is embattled by agriculture department of Philippines which less dependent on imports.

United States Department of Agriculture founded that The Philippines’ 2015 rice imports might touch 1.6 million tonnes on the latest prediction from the, which would be low from this year’s imports to date, but still the second biggest annual capacity.

The government is hopeful to build the Philippines autonomous in rice by end of its term in 2016.The NFA remains open to more imports but it sees no urgency to buy, as local retail rice prices sustained to comfort from record highs seen in recent months.

Government statistics illustrate the country’s rice list swelled to 1.81 million tonnes as of Oct. 1, up 21.3 % from a month beforehand as rice imports boosted NFA stockpiles. The volume is adequate to shield the national requirement for 53 days.

Resident stocks of the staple food may increase extra as the state figures office understands unmilled rice output in the December quarter increasing by 5.5 % from a year earlier to 7.47 million tonnes based on the vertical crop.