Phl exports 45MT premium rice to Singapore

FOR the second time this year, the Philippines is exporting 45 metric tons (MT) of premium or aromatic white rice, particularly to Singapore.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the aromatic, long-grain white rice was sourced from farmer-members of Fitmus Cooperative, in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, and Magtutumana ng Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Cooperative, in Nueva Ecija.

It will be shipped on July 22, 2013, to Singapore, were there are more than 146,600 overseas Filipino workers.

The DA chief thanked the South Cotabato and Nueva Ecija farmers for their perseverance and hardwork, along with the strong support of the Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association Philippines, Inc. (VIEVA), which processed and packed the rice, labelled as “Golden Vieva,” and consolidated the export shipment.

Another 20 MT of heirloom rice from the Cordillera region will be exported to the United States in succeeding months, said DA assistant secretary and national rice program coordinator Dante Delima.

For the rest of the year, he said the country targets to export at least 100 MT of premium and organic colored rice varieties.

“We want to show the world that we are capable of producing quality, world-class premium and organic rice,” he added.

Last May 2013, the Philippines has started exporting rice again after 40 years, initially to Dubai. The shipment, totalling 35 MT, was composed of 15 MT of black rice produced by farmer-members of Don Bosco Farmers’ Cooperative in M’lang, North Cotabato, and 20 MT of SL Agritech Jasponica aromatic rice produced by farmers from Talavera, Nueva Ecija.

Leah Cruz of VIEVA, which also consolidated the Dubai rice export shipment, said they process and pack all rice products hygienically to preserve their rich aroma and eating quality.

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