GENERAL SANTOS CITY: Farmers from the south were urged to plant more organic rice to supply growing overseas markets after a new export shipment was reportedly delivered to a foreign country, which would be the third time in less than two months.
The Department of Agriculture helped the The Don Bosco Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DBMPC) to export 3.3 metric tons of organic colored rice to Hong Kong.
According to Romano Laurilla, DBMPC general manager, the shipment was transported last June 16, which contained 1.3 tons of black rice, 1.16 tons of red rice and .89 tons of brown rice.
“Global demand for organic rice is growing as more peazople are becoming health conscious,” he said.
The first rice shipment of organic rice made by the cooperative was to the United Arab Emirates, followed by another shipment to Hong Kong.
Laurilla encouraged farmers to shift to organic rice farming since production costs are lessened because organic farming does not use chemical pesticides.