Rice industry road map The Department of Agriculture DA together with relevant

Rice industry road map the department of agriculture

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and knowledge/ technology transfer through farm schools nationwide. Rice industry road map. The Department of Agriculture (DA), together with relevant agencies, will have to formulate a Rice Industry Roadmap to spell out the critical interventions that need to be put in place to assist the small rice farmers, especially those that will be most affected by the tariffication. DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol issued Special Order No. 358 which created a National Rice Roadmap Team. Issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance for Rice for the Sole Purpose. The law allows unlimited importation of rice as long as private sector traders secure a phytosanitary permit from the Bureau of Plant Industry and pay the 35% tariff for shipments from neighbors in Southeast Asia. This covers even rice importation for the purposes of donation during calamities and emergency situations. In these instances, the agency/office/organization or private entities, if they are based in the Philippines, will be required to secure phytosanitary import clearances (SPSIC). National Single Window Program. A proposed measure the setting up of a single window system for rice by the Bureau of Customs to address rice smuggling. Exclusion and transfer of the regulatory function of the National Food Authority (NFA) to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). NFA will retain its power to maintain a rice buffer stock which will be used in emergency situations and to sustain the government's disaster relief programs. Rice for this purpose will be sourced solely from local farmers. Special Rice Safeguard. The Implementing Rules and Guidelines (IRR) provides for a Special Rice Safeguard to help protect local rice farmers from sudden or extreme price volatilities. These will be imposed in accordance with RA 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act and its IRR. Priority beneficiaries of mechanization. There are 1,100 producing towns that have been identified as priority beneficiaries of mechanization in the form of tractors, transplanters, harvesters, dryers, and rice milling equipment.
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Rice Farmer Financial Assistance program. Focuses on rice farmers, cooperatives, and associations adversely affected by rice tariffication. Also allocates tariff revenues in excess of Php10 billion to the Rice Farmer Financial Assistance program to compensate rice farmers who will lose income as a result of the measure. A portion of the excess tariff will be allocated to titling rice lands, expanded crop insurance, and crop diversification program. V . Effects of Rice Tariffication Positive Lower retail prices for consumers . Possible savings for the consumers as it allows no limit in terms of the volume of imports which will eventually stabilize prices. However, in the long run, the economy could benefit more from the adoption of import tariffs than implementation of QRS which limit the entry of commodities and may lead to unstable prices.
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