The massive typhoon in the country Phillippines has destroyed the important rice growing area, making the country likely to increase its rice import to meet its demand.
Typhoon has estimated to have killed 10,000 people and displaced more than 600,000,
The Rescue team is still struggling to reach stricken towns and villages.
A National Food Authority official says that typhoon has affected the areas where the rice is grown most but fortunately the farmers have harvested the entire crop
Dennis Arpia, senior executive assistant at the NFA informed that 16,000 bags (800 tonnes) of rice has been damaged by typhoon and he has not cleared about the damaged to standing crops.
Arpia said, howeverthere are enough rice stock in other provinces un, that there were stocks elsewhere in the Philippines that could be sent to the disaster-hit region.
“We have more than enough stocks in other provinces to meet the needs of the provinces hit hard by the typhoon,” Arpia said.
Although the Philippines has been a world’s largest importer of rice but still its import has been reduced to to 1 million tonnes in 2012/13 acoording to USDA.
The price for common grade 5% broken Thai white rice decreased to $410 (RM1,310) per tonne late last month, matching the lowest level since July, 2010.
Decrease in Sugar Import
The Typhoon in the country has not hit much sugarcane growing area so it may be possible that the country may not need to import the sugar as it has been sel sufficient in sugar for the last three years.
The head of the country’s sugar regulatory agency. Said that typhoon has hit the area which produces about 6%of raw sugar which accounts to 150,000 tonnes of raw sugar.
Regina Bautista-Martin, chief of Manila’s Sugar Regulatory Administration said that although there is a decline in the production of raw sugar as estimated and compared with last year but still it is enough to meet the needs and hence no imnportation of sugar is required