Mechanized farming eyed to end rice importation

KIDAPAWAN CITY — The importation of about 10 percent of the country’s rice produce could be a thing of the past once Congress enacts a law that will set standards on mechanized farming, said Rep. Jun Piñol (2nd district, North Cotabato.)

The aim of the bill, Piñol said, is to put an end to the Philippines’ dependence on importing rice of a volume equivalent to 10 percent of the nation’s rice produce by increasing harvest and land area planted with rice, as well as save losses through efficient farming.

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